Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 15:36 UTC
Windows "According to an inside source, a session was held at Microsoft's recent TechReady15 conference in which all the launch details were laid out. If things go according to the plan detailed then, the Surface for Windows RT tablet will be launching October 26th - no surprise there - at a compelling price of $199." My wallet just squealed in pure bliss.
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RE: Just what I've always wanted
by BrianH on Tue 14th Aug 2012 18:00 UTC in reply to "Just what I've always wanted"
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It sounds like it is exactly as locked down as the iPad; maybe more, maybe less, depending on the implementation.

The real question is whether it is as limited as the iPad. The iPad is very limited by the App Store restrictions. How do the Microsoft Store restrictions compare? What will MS allow that Apple prohibits, and vice-versa? I haven't seen a comparison between the two yet. All that we can count on is it being more restrictive than Google Play, for better and worse.

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My experience with it on Windows Phone 7 is that it is somewhat more flexible than the Apple store, but not nearly as open-ended as the Play store where you can find apps like Superuser and Terminal that are tied to rooting.

For one thing, browsing the Entertainment category on the Windows store means wading through dozens of overtly sex-oriented apps that would never make the cut on the Apple store. But that's just my subjective experience; I really have no idea what is officially allowed or not since I'm not a developer.

I'll say too, that since I've been playing around with a Nexus S I've found the Play store to be much less intuitive than when it was the Android Market, and find it only slightly better than the Apple store as far as ease of use goes. That's one thing I think Microsoft got right: You can demo ANY paid app without having to download a separate trial app, and the demos tend to be more fully functional than their Android and iOS equivalents. Again, my personal experience and that of others may vary.

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