Posted by : Harish K V Friday, 15 February 2013
The line between ARM-friendly Windows RT and X86-based Windows 8 just got a lot more blurry. One of RT's biggest limitations is its inability to run any desktop software coded for mainstream versions of Windows, and Microsoft's decision to restrict users to apps downloaded from the Windows Store which run only in the Modern UI. Apart from built-in tools such as Paint and Notepad, only a special version of MS Office can run on the desktop. Now, simple hack can allow anyone to run their own programs, although they still have to be ones that are specially compiled for Windows RT devices. Only a handful of open-source programs are available, and commercial vendors are unlikely to port their software without official sanction from Microsoft. Future updates will very likely prevent the hack from working in the future.
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