Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 19:37 UTC
Windows "As early as mid-December, consumers will be able to go to retail stores in the United States and Australia to purchase a Surface with Windows RT. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months." Sales might indeed benefit from, you know, allowing the world to actually buy your halo product. Us Dutch won't be getting the Nexus 4 and 10 either.
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Now, the part you're likely complaining about is Desktop apps. It wasn't so much an kernel or OS design limitation (because the aforementioned Windows Store apps achieve compat w/ both architectures) but a conscious decision to move forward with the platform.

Sorry, I should have specified that.

Desktop support is there for legacy reasons, but it is inevitable that eventually Windows Store apps will be the way to write Windows applications for the foreseeable future.

I suspect this is the way OS X will end up too, if Apple continues on their current path.

I really don't like this push towards a tightly controlled, closed userspace on the desktop. It works well on mobile devices but in my opinion it doesn't scale well on business machines and power user workstations. But then, I'm from an older generation; I grew up with machines that were largely open to experimentation. Today's young engineers are brought up in a consumer oriented culture and are probably more accepting of an OS they can't hack around on.

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I don't think Windows 8/Windows RT is closed (as opposed to Windows PHONE 8 which IS closed) for the following reasons:

- You get access to the full file system
- You can develop personal applications and even side load applications provided you have a Microsoft Account. There is no developer license needed to side load. Just run a simple Powershell script that Visual Studio generates, and share that along with the appx that it creates.

The one caveat is that to distribute the app you must sign it with a Windows Store registered account, but others can install your app via a simple PS script.

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