Friday, May 11, 2012

Mozilla, Google Gripe About Windows RT Limitations [Windows IT Pro]

Paul Thurrott on the RT API debate
"However, Microsoft has set no such limitations on itself. Windows RT—or Windows on ARM as it was previously known—not only ships with a full complement of Windows 8 desktop utilities (only two features, Windows Media Player and Storage Spaces, aren't present) but also includes full desktop versions of IE and—get this—four Microsoft Office 15 desktop applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Before the antitrust villagers grab their pitchforks and torches, however, let’s review for a moment how this compares with Apple’s and Google’s mobile platforms. For its iOS system, Apple provides similar limitations to Microsoft: In fact, one might argue that Microsoft simply copied (or “reimagined”) the Apple playbook when it created its own app infrastructure for Windows RT and Windows 8. With Google, this kind of restraint is in place on Android by default, but users can easily flip a settings switch that lets them acquire software for their device from any source, trusted or not."
Mozilla, Google Gripe About Windows RT Limitations
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