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Desktop apps on Windows RT devices-maybe

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    Desktop apps on Windows RT devices-maybe


    I tried to find out if desktop apps(beyond the included ones) would be allowed on Windows RT devices. The response from an MS employee was:
    Currently, the most detailed information about Windows RT is still the Building Windows 8 Blog post "Building Windows for the ARM Processor Architecture". Since the Windows RT devices have not been released, we are not prepared to go into details beyond the blogs yet.
    The post never directly refers to desktop development, and never states that WinRT apps will be the only way to develop on ARM devices.
    Hopefully that means there's a chance that Desktop development will be allowed on Windows RT; otherwise, he could have just said no.

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    Hello Phailyoor,

    Yeah, while the Windows RT does have the desktop, you cannot install desktop software on it. Only Metro apps can be installed by users.

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    I think that that might be a misconception, because MS never describes the ability to develop desktop apps for windows RT devices. There is no MS source that says you cannot create desktop apps for RT devices(please correct me if I'm wrong).
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    Unfortunately, it's offiicial. I can't find the offical Microsoft page, but Microsoft is not allowing 3rd party desktop application development on Windows RT. Only for Metro apps and what is already included in Windows.
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    My understanding is the same as Brink's. MS is not going to allow 3rd parties access to the desktop on the RT devices. It's for MS software only.
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    The fact that they "allow" another Microsoft division to create "desktop" apps (Office) for RT is going to get them sued for anti-trust again if they don't rethink that position
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Unfortunately, it's offiicial. I can't find the offical Microsoft page, but Microsoft is not allowing 3rd party desktop application development on Windows RT. Only for Metro apps and what is already included in Windows.
    I do believe you're probably right that there will be no desktop development in RT. I can't really agree with it being "official" unless there is an MS source saying so though.
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    This isn't "official" as far as MS reporting it, but you can find lots of claims from the 3rd parties that are outraged that they won't be allowed to provide their products for those running on RT versions.

    Microsoft Is Pulling A Silly, Apple-Like Move With Windows 8 Tablets - Business Insider
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    This isn't "official" as far as MS reporting it, but you can find lots of claims from the 3rd parties that are outraged that they won't be allowed to provide their products for those running on RT versions. Microsoft Is Pulling A Silly, Apple-Like Move With Windows 8 Tablets - Business Insider
    I'm hoping that this is all FUD. It would be really cool to be able to make desktop programs for Windows RT. I don't expect it, but I can always hope for the beat.
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    I can guarantee that it's not all fud. Microsoft is not allowing 3rd party desktop software for Windows RT. Only Metro apps.
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