Microsoft is bringing Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors

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Four years ago, Microsoft wanted to ditch its traditional desktop apps in favor of new touch-based apps for tablets with ARM processors. Windows RT was the official name for the Windows on ARM project, and it debuted on Microsoft’s first Surface RT device. It was a bold and confusing attempt to force people into a new world of touch apps, but Microsoft made the fatal mistake of providing something that looked like Windows but didn’t function like Windows.

Windows RT couldn’t run traditional desktop apps, but it had a desktop mode and most of the regular Windows utilities that have existed for more than 25 years. Microsoft is correcting that mistake today, and taking another stab at supporting ARM processors with Windows. Starting next…

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