, Charles wrote

You can write .NET WinRT apps and .NET desktop apps on all machines that run Windows 8.

What's the problem again? Also, apparently, nobody actually read exoteric's question?

C

well as of right now we can not use WinRt for a desktop app as the current version does not allow that. Right now have no idea what will happen in the next release  of windows. So what can we say ?  spin the magic 8 ball time ?? 

my thoughts:  WinRT is a start of something that might be good *IF* MS finishes it and makes it possible to use it for non-metro apps.  But we have to see what happens.  .Net has great possibilities but is getting only half the use I thought it would.  Xaml / WPF / Silverlight all have great abilities and half of that seems to be dumped .....  sorry Mr. C but MS has not impressed me of late.