Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Sep 2012 21:15 UTC
Windows The Verge published a video demonstrating how desktop mode and Office 2013 - a desktop application - work on Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8. The video showed a desktop mode that clearly didn't work well for touch, and even Office 2013, which has a rudimentary touch mode built-in, didn't work properly either. It looked and felt clunky, often didn't respond properly, and even showed touch lag.
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modmans2ndcoming
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2005-11-09

purchase the $600+ version of the surface that will have windows 8 on it rather than windowsRT.

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vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Surely you can just connect a keyboard to a Windows RT tablet as well?

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brion Member since:
2010-11-04

You can, but Office and Explorer will be all you can run in desktop mode. Feel like running LibreOffice instead? Then you bought the wrong device. ;)

[Of course in theory LibreOffice could devise a Metro version; they're working on Android support so compiling to ARM isn't the intractable part. Being enough touch-friendly to pass Microsoft's store rules while still being friendly to mouse & keyboard "docked" usage might be tricky!]

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