The built-in Windows apps — including Explorer and Internet
Explorer 10 — and four Office apps — Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and OneNote — would run on the desktop, but nothing else would.
Third-party applications would be prohibited, and there would be
no provision to port existing desktop applications to run on the
This led to an immediate, if somewhat surprising, reaction across
the Internet. “But what about browser plugins? Will they also be
The answer to that is “Yes.” Or perhaps even “Yes, of course they
are, since it was stated in unequivocal terms that there would be
no provision to run third-party code on the desktop. That means
Also: this seems to suggest that the Office suite is included free-of-charge with Windows on ARM. That’s a pretty bold move considering how much money Microsoft makes from Office licensing.