D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Yes WinRT Devices Have a Desktop…But Not For Us

Sunday, October 28, 2012 3:17 PM

So tonight this convo happened:


Intrigued, I viewed the video Lee mentions and found that its the now infamous Brent Ozar video which shows a bug in Word on the Surface RT (you can read this article which talks about the tempest in a teacup that ensued).

But Lee is correct – in the video, when Brent starts up Word 2013, we see this:


That sure does look like a desktop doesn’t it! But…aren’t Windows RT devices *not* supposed to come with a desktop?

Actually, it does. However, it’s not a *full* desktop. From Seth Rosenblatt’s fantastic Windows RT FAQ article:

Windows RT will have a Desktop mode, but it will be restricted to pre-installed, Microsoft-produced software. This will include touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as the new Microsoft Office

So yes, there’s a desktop mode in Windows RT but no, you won’t be able to install apps to it.

Confused yet?

Read the rest of the Seth’s FAQ – it does a great job clearing the haze of confusion that Microsoft Marketing Merlins have cast upon all of us.



# re: Yes WinRT Devices Have a Desktop…But Not For Us

> Confused yet?

Doesn't it makes sense that x86 & x64 apps wouldn't be accommodated on ARM devices? 10/28/2012 3:48 PM | Richard Lowe

# re: Yes WinRT Devices Have a Desktop…But Not For Us

Richard - Absolutely, to those of us that understand the difference between the processor architecture. Otherwise, the vast majority of users will just see a familiar desktop and assume that they can do everything they were able to do in Win 7. I don't think the differences between Windows RT and Windows7 (never mind Windows 8 Pro) have been made clear to consumers yet.

10/28/2012 3:34 PM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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