Monday, 02 July 2012
With last weeks announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet, internet forums and message boards have been abuzz with talk about Microsoft's new range of tablet devices. This article aims to provide you with the information you need to know about Windows RT.
If you’re considering buying a Windows system in stores, its recommended you know the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8.
ARM processors vs. x86 processors
How does it look?
A downside to the Windows RT desktop is the inability to run non-Microsoft applications. Microsoft simply won’t allow third-party applications on the Windows RT desktop. I
Bottom line - If you use a Windows RT device, you’ll be using Internet Explorer in much the same way as you use Safari with an iPad, you’ll be using Safari.
Designed For Devices
Microsoft thinks of Windows RT computers as “devices,” not traditional PCs. You won’t be able to buy a retail boxed copy of Windows RT in stores. It will only available pre-installed on ARM systems.
Windows RT devices will be locked down in other ways also.Secure Boot for example on Windows RT devices isn’t user-configurable, so you won’t be able to remove Windows RT and install Linux or another operating system.
Missing Traditional Enterprise Features
Windows RT by design lacks many enterprise features that have made Windows so successful. You wont be able to join a Windows RT device to an Active Directory domain and nor does it support group policy, so you can managed Windows RT devices using existing Windows infrastructure.
Windows RT also lacks other features, including Boot from VHD, client hyper-V, BitLocker, remote-desktop hosting, and encrypted file systems.
Windows RT - Not for all Microsoft tablets
Most of the tablets you’ll see in stores when Windows 8 debuts won’t run Windows RT. These tablets will ship with x86 Intel processors and run one of the standard versions of Windows 8. This means they’ll happily support third-party desktop software and all standard Windows features.
When buying a Windows 8 ensure you get the right one. If you need support for legacy desktop software or Enterprise support then get an x86 tablet running Windows 8 and not an ARM one.
Forums are filled with rumors indicating that each copy of Windows RT will cost manufacturers around $85, making Windows RT quite possibly more expensive than other Windows 8 versions. This could also make Windows RT tablets more expensive than iPads.
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