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Can a Kindle Fire Run Windows Apps?

by David Wayne, Demand Media Google

    Since the Kindle Fire uses the Android operating system, it's not compatible with Windows Metro-style applications. However, several Windows Start screen emulators are available from the Amazon App Store. While these application launchers don't actually include Windows software, they provide a Windows look and feel as well as the familiar Start screen icons.

    Windows Start Screen Launcher

    The Kindle Fire's default application launcher is a program simply called Launcher. This software determines your home screen icon arrangement and provides simple animations when programs are launched. Many third-party launchers are available through the Amazon App Store, including several Windows Start screen emulators, such as Windows 8 Metro Launcher, Metro Style Launcher and WP8 Widget Launcher (links in Resources). If you install multiple launchers, the Kindle operating system prompts you to choose a default launcher when you open a program.

    Windows Desktop on the Kindle

    After installing a Windows Start screen emulator, open any application on your Kindle. A pop-up window prompts you to choose a launcher, which you can set as default by selecting “Use by Default for This Action.” With this software installed, your home screen icons look like Metro-style icons, but when you tap them, you open your usual Kindle applications. For example, tapping the “Internet Explorer” icon launches your Kindle's default Web browser.

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    About the Author

    David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.

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