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#1 cuhkwan

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:41 AM

Hi forum,

I am interested in the Microsoft's Surface Pro. Does anyone know that if it can be installed regular program (just like a desktop kind) or apps (like the smartphone) or both kinds. I have never used a tablet before, so I want to know more about Surface's function.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:37 AM

The Surface is using an ARM processor (Tegra 3). Meaning nothing made for the desktop will work with it until the software is recompiled for ARM. Some of it will take some tweaking or rewriting to make it work at all.

Microsoft will eventually recompile some things if they haven't done so already. Others may be a different story. Some probably will do it. But a lot will more than likely wait to see if the Surface is popular enough to mail it good economically for them to bother. In other words, if enough sell, expect more software quickly. But if not enough of the devices sell, don't expect some software to be ported soon, if it ever is.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:13 PM

Actually the MS Surface Pro is able to run traditional X86 programs because it has a i5 dual core processor in it.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:05 AM

Yes, you are correct. I assumed the question was about the RT. But the Pro will let you carry a desktop around sort of.




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