Windows RT has been jailbroken, you can now run un-signed code
Circumventing Windows RT’s Code Integrity Mechanism « On the Surface of Security
Well then ladies and gentlemen, someone has figured out how to jailbreak Windows RT! You know how Microsoft has said Windows RT WILL NOT run Desktop software and is limited to Office 2013? There is no actual technical reason for that, it's an artificial separation! Windows RT has a value that prevents Desktop software from being installed or developed that isn't of Microsoft it seems.
It also seems, from the hacker has said, RT is a clean port over of Windows 8. Which backups my assertion that it should had been called Windows 8 RT. The hacker has changed that setting on the Desktop to allow unsigned software to be installed. I guess he also has been able to install, INSTALL, traditional Desktop software on RT! This needs to be seen FOR SURE.
This is showing a couple of things.
First, Microsoft is obviously serious about moving away from the Desktop UI. This will mean that the new metro apps have be designed in such a fashion to effectively replace that UI. A rumored feature of Windows Blue, the update for Windows 8 later this year theoretically, is featuring a newer app model. It's been said that Microsoft won't accept apps for Windows 8, but for Blue. This could mean something of a better snapping method, or windowing model.
Also, this also shows why Microsoft was SO involved with Windows RT tablets. Some OEM internal sources have recently said how Microsoft was really involved in the design and software and driver development and making well sure that they're top notch and don't have software crap on them. This raises the question of why they were so involved? Because Windows RT seems to be the new type of platform they want to pursue for the future, and seems they have some things up their sleeves in the future as well.
I'm starting to wonder in the whole grand scheme of things, if this represents a change in the Windows code/kernel. Microsoft has recently compiled a MinWin kernel around when vista was being developed; which is like a modular Windows kernel that has been totally mapped out from what I understand. Windows 8 has THOUSANDS of MinWin references over vista and 7 combined. I think the idea was that if a newer networking stack was coded, it would be REAL easy to swap out the old stack from Windows and replace it with the newer one and it would make development overall LOADS easier, better, and faster. Which also allows Steve Ballmer's demand of a new Windows version every two years.
This is some real interesting crap right here! I think I've recently read that BlueStacks was being developed for Windows RT to run android apps. Also, a Russian developer has claimed he has an x86 emulator that can run Desktop software somewhat decently. And, this also kind of means Windows RT isn't a wimpy platform, it's a Windows 8 on ARM, Windows 8 RT. Seriously, they really should had named it that!