Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
Perfect example of how MS has fucked this launch up. There is no work around and never will be. Surface RT doesn't run the regular Windows 8 OS and has an ARM chip-set inside. They made a decision to launch a product that on it's surface (pun!) looks the exact same as their core product, but is different animal. The failing has been in not effectively communicating this to the public. How many buyers of the Surface RT got home to be disappointed when they discovered the thing can't run any of their old Windows software? I'm willing to bet it's a sizable number.
I think it could/should be communicated better, but overall I disagree that the people that actually buy the product will care much. Most people are going to buy it at a MS store after playing with it for a while. You don't use the surface the way you'd use a regular computer. What does joe public use their computer for? Internet, email, and facebook are probably the big three. Doing stuff in MS office is probably up there as is watching/listening to music and video and gaming. What applications does the average person use outside of what I just enumerated? Not much these days and for everything I just listed you'll want to stay in the metro environment because it's far superior on a tablet to the desktop with Office being the obvious exception.
I don't think it's a perfect product or a perfect launch, but it runs on a new architecture and none of that old stuff would run no matter what MS did short of providing an emulation environment which would destroy the battery/cpu. And even if you could run it, it would be a shitty experience on a 10.6" tablet.
Pretty soon the Surface Pro will be out and I suspect that at that time, it will become much clearer that if you want to run your old stuff, get a pro, and if you want to keep your tablet experience more pure, stick with RT. This will happen and people will be made aware of it because they will be side by side in the MS store and people will naturally ask what the difference is and the MS employees will answer them.
So ya... 3 months of confusion, but in the grand scheme of things I really don't think it's a big deal. The Surface will do well. I've had a couple people that use nothing but macs come up to me and tell me they were really impressed with it.