The Surface Pro may not have a ton of available storage out of the box, but at least you can fill it up with a decent collection of applications. Windows 8 Pro runs old-school Windows apps, newer Modern UI apps, and now, thanks to BlueStacks, Android apps in full-screen mode with touch support.
TechCrunch says the latest release is "optimized for new Surface Pro PCs and others running Windows 8." A library of more than 750,000 Android apps is available. The apps still run inside of the BlueStacks player, but according to TechCrunch, there's now a "true full-screen mode" and a charms bar menu with back, menu, settings, and home buttons. Tilt and motion support is included, as well, so switching from portrait to landscape mode (or vice versa) shouldn't involve any ugly workarounds.
Considering the limited Modern UI app repertoire, the new BlueStacks release seems like a must-have for folks with Windows 8 Pro tablets. Too bad it doesn't seem to work on Windows RT yet—I tried loading GetYourAppsBack.com on a VivoTab RT, but the installer refused to open. All it said was, "This app can't run on your PC."
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