Originally Posted by scrapking
Well, that's true of the (ARM-based) Surface RT. It's not true of the forthcoming (x86-based) Surface Pro, or any of the other non-RT Windows 8 tablets (whether forthcoming or already released).
It is, though. Except for those with enterprise licenses (and they still need to get specific permission on an app-by-app basis), programs using the Metro/Modern/Fisher Price UI can ONLY
be installed via the Windows app store. There is no way around it.
True, you can still install desktop versions of software on x86-based Windows 8 tablets, but don't expect that to last too long (both from developers deciding to write only for the new UI and from the desktop UI, already being referred to as a legacy UI, being deprecated in future versions of Windows, same as MS-DOS, which is now a horribly-crippled interface that can barely run anything more than the few command line tools that Microsoft ships with it).