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Windows RT: the essential apps

0. phoneArena 26 Oct 2012, 09:29 posted on

If you haven’t heard it by now, let us make it extra clear - Windows RT is not the full Windows 8. No, it won’t run Photoshop, Dreamweaver…

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posted on 26 Oct 2012, 16:06

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I thought alternative browsers weren't allowed on RT, that would mean Firefox shouldn't be on the list.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:55

30. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


That's interesting, because I know Google made a Chrome "Modern" UI app, that I'm using right now until Opera makes one, and I know they have the Google search app as well. So I think Google Chrome should replace Firefox.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 08:50

33. infamy (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


Neither Firefox, Sketchbook Express nor Minesweeper (why?) are available for RT.

(Other Minesweepers are, but the Xbox achievement in the screenshot gives yours away as the MS version, running on Windows 8.)

So for an article that was suppose to demystify RT, you just posted a list of your favourite Windows 8 apps, muddying the waters even further.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 20:50

34. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I have Windows 8 running on my HTPC and its been great. Its much faster than Vista was on that machine and at times its faster than my main PC running 7 is. The Modern UI interface is also particularly nice for an HTPC since it offers larger icons and text than Vista does by default. Yes, this stuff can be resized, but a lot of applications wont display properly when you do that, apparently resizing the text like that dosent resize just the text.

There are some inconsistencies when transitioning between Desktop and Modern UI apps, but the boost in performance for bootup, loading applications, and slightly better framerates for games and video playback over Vista on this machine has been worth adjusting to the new UI and its quirks. Of course, Vista hasn't even been known to be fast, but I didnt find 7 to be enough of an improvement to be worth upgrading that box to it, 8 has been a justifiable improvement for this box.

The only thing is, Im still not convinced to upgrade my main PC to it yet, I will need to do more research as far as app compatibility, etc. first.

BTW another essential app is Time Tile, because in Microsoft's infinite wisdom, you cant check time unless you either go to Desktop (which you cant do if you're running RT version) or you lock the screen. Time Tile adds a live tile to display time, its free, and its handy to have, at least until Microsoft does an eventual update to the OS that will add in better time display functionality.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 05:02

35. ppavle (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Windows RT and Windows 8 are different OSs. Modern UI (Metro) looks almost the same on both OSs but they use completly different applications. Windows RT is ARM architecture based and Windows 8 is x86 based. Not a single application for Windows 8 (including Modern UI applications) will work on Windows RT. Application author has to prepare new version of application specialy for Windows RT and to put it on Windows RT Store. Also, desktop exists on Windows RT but only for preinstalled microsoft applications. No new applications can be installed.

So, if you use something on Windows 8 Modern UI, you have to check on Windows RT Store (nothing to do with Windows 8 store) if there is a version for Windows RT.

There are no FireFox for Windows RT now!

Also, when you check if some application is available for Windows RT bare in mind that applications are available on some regions, not on others.

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