- 10-16-2012, 05:57 PM #1
So anyone know what we can expect? I watched the WP8 event the other day and MS spent ages discussing the fact that there is very little work in getting a W8 app to work on a WP8. Can the same be said of RT?
As RT devices can only install apps form the Windows store are we likely to be without any apps for a while? No MKV or Flack support?
10-16-2012, 07:34 PM #2
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Windows 8 apps written for windows 8 work on RT. It's all the same kernel. The store you find right now in the release preview of Windows 8 is the exact same store to be found on the Surface RT, all of which are useable apps.
- 10-16-2012, 09:28 PM #6
I would be inclined to say no. Microsoft has said that the Windows 8 store and the Windows Phone 8 store are two separate entities. Developers have to change their apps developed for one (albeit slightly) to get them to work on the other. Because of that they are in fact two separate apps, requiring separate submissions to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Stores, separate updates, etc. Porting between the two is easy, but it is still porting. In iOS developers have two options, they can write separate iPhone and iPad apps, and charge separately for them, or package both the tablet and phone versions of the app as one download and only make users pay once, which is great if you have both, but raises the cost without giving any benefit if you only have one or the other.
- 10-17-2012, 12:56 AM #8
while apps between all devices will not be "if it works on one, it works on all", i think they will have apps for all three devices. I just dont see them leaving out an important app on one device when they can port it over, it would defeat the whole purpose of the MS ecosystem that they are trying to build.
- 10-17-2012, 02:42 AM #9
Any devs on here want to wade in how much work is writing a app and then retooling it to work on RT?
Just looking at the RT add you can see stuff lie eBay and Kindle already seem to have a app. Does anyone know how multi tasking will work on RT are apps suspended when not being used?
- 10-17-2012, 02:49 AM #10
Let me guess this straight then..
If I buy an app on my laptop using the windows 8 store and it says that it is compatable with arm, then when i sign into my windows RT device i will be able to download it for again for free? And vica versa?
- 10-17-2012, 07:46 AM #13
Any application not written as a "Windows Store App" (native x86 or standard .NET applications) will only run on x86 devices. And they can be written like any other program as with previous versions of Windows. Of course they will not run on Windows 8 RT devices using ARM based processors.
And as far as I know as of today, "native x86" apps will not be sold on the Windows Store. So anything you download from Windows Store will run on Windows 8 RT ARM based tablets, as well as Windows 8 Pro desktops.
- 10-17-2012, 08:49 AM #14
I suspect that the presence of x86 applications in the app store is inflating the app count statistics, but I could be wrong - the app count may only be the WinRT app count.
- 10-17-2012, 10:27 AM #15
You are both correct. x86 apps can be advertised in the store, but not actually downloaded. All Windows Store Apps will run in RT. As to whether or not they are counting links to desktop apps in the app count or not, no idea.
- 10-17-2012, 10:29 AM #16
- 10-17-2012, 11:47 AM #17
Amongst those are most of Microsoft's games (though ARM support is coming for those in an update), and Cyberlink's PowerDVD.
An example of an app that runs on both, for comparison, is Fresh Paint.
- 10-17-2012, 12:07 PM #18
- 10-17-2012, 12:15 PM #19
The applications that we know, native applications, run on Windows 8 Pro and on previous versions of Windows (compatibly issues, etc). They will not run on Windows 8 RT based devices.
- 10-17-2012, 12:29 PM #21