Windows RT jailbreak tool released, opens door to desktop apps

By Jos ยท 11 replies
Jan 11, 2013
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  1. Well, that was fast. Less than a week after reports emerged about a workaround to allow any unsigned ARM-based application run on Windows RT, a senior member at the XDA-Developers forums has crafted a jailbreak tool that automates the process...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,888   +1,223

    MS has changed their tune in recent years on stuff like this. Years ago they may not have allowed something like this, but when they released the Kinect they purposely didn't encrypt the connection so it could be 'hacked' and used in many different ways. This ended up in a lot more Kinects being sold.

    I think they know we want flexible devices and that allowing more freedom makes everyone happy. Locking down your system to force people into buying/using only your products just generates bad press and doesn't seem to help sales.
    havok585, Uvindu and H3llion like this.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I like a lot of what MS has been doing over the past couple years, but not how locked down they are making things. Here's to those who free things up again for us...
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Again, misleading title. As long as it has an ARM processor, it can never natively run "Desktop Apps". Only apps compiled for ARM...
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  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,869   +1,288

    Only misleading to those who don't read the article, like yourself.
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  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Nice assumption. And yet I did read the article.
    As long as they use the term "desktop apps" with Windows RT news, it WILL be misleading. Should instead be "homemade apps" or something along those lines...
  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    m4a4 They are desktop apps that have been ported to the ARM architecture, I don't see why they stop being desktop apps because of that. They're still run in the traditional Windows desktop after all. Also, even if you found the title misleading, the first sentence explicitly says that this is for running ARM-based applications on Windows RT so I don't see where the confusion is coming from.

    These are some of the desktop apps that have been tested on Windows RT so far:

    Bochs (x86 Emulator)
    TightVNC (VNC server and client)
    PuTTY (SSH/Rsh/telnet client)
    7-Zip (Utility for file archives and disk images)
    Notepad++ (text/code editor)
    SciTE (Code editor)
    IP Messenger (Peer-to-peer chat/file transfer)
    CrystalBoy (Nintendo Gameboy emulator)
  8. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Jos, It still is misleading. I knew EXACTLY what it meant (because of the last article), but using the term "desktop app" still makes it sound, at first glance, like you can eventually run desktop apps natively...
    And I believe they stop being desktop apps when you can't install them on a desktop PC (because such a version would have been recompiled for ARM).

    Eh, maybe it's been a slow day and I am just pointing things out that don't matter all that much...
  9. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 155   +27

    Go tell that to Apple, before they vanish in the near future.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,888   +1,223

    And that's not a joke. Although it had to do with being cool, not DRM. I was talking to my sister (22 yr old) and her friend about the smartphone industry the other day. They are both Apple users, but said 'It just doesn't seem Apple is that cool anymore, the Surface looks cool'

    Then today I saw a story online about teens shifting away from Apple because their parents all love use the same products they do (which is apparently the worst thing, like EVER!) The cool phone for the teens in the story was the S3.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Or apps that are JIT'ed...
  12. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Natively is a different story but the x86 emulator is a great step to opening the whole platform to running x86 applications...

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