Surface RT has had a bit of a sweltering time in its first few months out in the wild. An uninspiring start was further complicated with a plateful selection of bugs and errors, not all of which are fixed.
And earlier this month, Microsoft’s first ever tablet had to contend with a jailbreak tool.
The Redmond technology giant at first applauded the ingenuity of the developer (netham45 from the XDA Developers forum) of the jailbreak project, but also dropped a hint that it could release a fix that will block the modification of the system kernel in the near future.
Well, three weeks have passed and the near future is here.
And so is Microsoft’s indecision on the whole thing, as the number of Windows RT users who have unlocked their devices keeps on increasing.
The latest from the company is that it is still investigating the matter and deciding on a course of action, as this new hack does not compromise user’s security in any way. According to the developer, it is not all that easy to block the jailbreak. As he explained:
“They can patch it through Windows Update, but since we have the ability to reinstall from recovery partitions we can revert any Windows Updates they release.”
Nevertheless, the jailbreak allows users to run unsigned code on Surface RT, and though the number of apps recompiled for this purpose is low, it is growing bigger by the day. Popular software like Chrome and Firefox are also said to be readied to be run on these tablets.