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Yes, I do this with mine because the consumer version of the software has more features than the education (but no datalog and you won't have the pieces for the building instructions that come in the software in your kit)
The EV3 software is not backwards compatible with RCX 1.0. You will need to install the software from the CD-ROM that would have come with your set. If you do decide to purchase one online, you can do so from a 3rd party marketplace such as Bricklink. Be sure to install the correct version of the CD-ROM (RCX 1.0) and check to see if your operating system ...
Yes, you can - I have done so on numerous occasions, and actually prefer to use the retail software over the education version even when working with the education kit. The NXT bricks in the two sets are exactly identical. You might need to update the NXT's firmware before using the brick with the retail software, however.
Microsoft have just announced that they are releasing an API for Windows 8.1 and Mindstorms EV3. Hopefully this will mean some apps for the two platforms will emerge sometime in the future.
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