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  • Windows RT Surface: Microsoft's greatest hardware fiasco ever?

    Windows on ARMSummary: Kin, Zune, and now Surface, Microsoft shows once more that as a hardware company it's a fine software business. - Ed Bott "enthusiastically recommends" the Windows RT Surface."  I think it's already dead.

  • Now that it's here, is there a place for Windows RT?

    Windows on ARMThe CPU landscape has changed since Microsoft begin porting Windows to ARM - When news broke in December 2010 that Microsoft was going to port Windows to ARM, I said it made no sense.

  • Windows RT OEMs unveil pricing for Surface wannabes

    Windows on ARMWith the ARM-based version of Microsoft's Surface tablets due to launchin less than three days, rival PC makers are only now beginning to unveil details of their own Windows RT devices. If you were hoping Microsoft's partner OEMs would rise to the occasion and beat Redmond at its own game, prepare to be disappointed.

  • Top 10 biggest drawbacks of Windows RT

    Windows on ARMSometimes new isn't always better. CNET takes you through a few things you'll need to keep in mind before buying a Windows RT device. While Microsoft is spending a small fortune promoting its next-generation Windows 8 operating system, it also has another new operating system called Windows RT, which actually powers the company's Surface tablet and a few other devices.

  • Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

    Windows on ARMCome in from the cold, we've got Windows RT tabs to flog - More than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8.ARM was squeezed out of the then emerging and subsequently dominant platform of the time, the desktop PC, as computer makers coalesced around Intel chips running Windows software.

  • Windows Devices: The Future Is Called RT

    Windows on ARMMost Windows users view the arrival of Windows RT (WinRT), the version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM processors, with something bordering on contempt.
     

  • What Windows RT Can’t Do

    Windows on ARMYou probably know that Windows 8 comes in two different versions - Basic x86 Windows (this is what you use now) and Windows RT. They have similar names. They look the same. But there are serious differences between the two - ones you should know about before you plunk down your cold hard cash on a Microsoft tablet.

  • Who will buy Microsoft Surface RT? Could be you

    Windows on ARMPoll results to question "Will you buy Surface RT?" are in, and the numbers are surprising. Among the 1,530 respondents so far, 43.46 percent won't buy the tablet. That's actually a considerably lower number than I expected for a new device running a new operating system from an old technology company.

  • Three reasons the Surface RT might not work for business

    Windows on ARMWhen Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet earlier this year, it looked impressive, but left us with few details. This week, Microsoft invited a select group of tech writers for a closer look behind the curtain, and began taking pre-orders for the device that will be available as of October 26. As anxious as some are to get a hold of the new Windows RT tablet, though, there are a few good reasons businesses might think twice.

  • Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Priced To Compete With iPad, Not Android

    Windows on ARMIt's official: the Windows RT version of Microsoft's Surface tablet is priced way higher than its Android competitors, and more on par with the new iPad. Is it worth it? Early reactions say probably not.

  • Microsoft's Surface RT pricing 'aggressive,' 'mystifying,' say analysts

    Windows on ARMComputerworld - Microsoft's pricing of its Surface RT tablet was called "aggressive" by some analysts today, "mystifying" by others, even as they all remained skeptical that it's low enough to make inroads on the dominant player, Apple's iPad.

  • Surface RT: Pricing details, spec updates, and impromptu Touch Cover testing

    Windows on ARMThe waiting game is over. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet makes the leap from hardware cipher to hardware reality. Today I can answer many of the questions the world has been asking since June 18, the day when Microsoft first announced Surface RT, the company's bid to become a full-fledged provocateur of hardware lust in this age of fetishized iPads, Fires and Nexus 7s.

  • Microsoft Surface with Windows RT: 5 things to consider before buying

    Windows on ARMBefore you head online to pre-order Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT (Surface RT) device starting Tuesday at noon Eastern, you'll want to make sure this is the right device for you. Do you need to run traditional Windows programs? Would you rather have a device that has a heftier keyboard dock? Have you looked at the other Windows 8-powered devices headed your way? Buying a Windows RT slate is not going to be as simple as buying an iPad or Android tablet, so before you buy here's a look at five things to consider.

  • Microsoft prices Surface RT against iPad

    Windows on ARMWell, file this in the don't believe anything you read on the Internet department. Contrary to relentless rumors that Microsoft Surface would start at $199, actual cost will be $300 more. Rather than price against tablets selling for $299 or less, Surface competes with iPad, while offering more storage for less cost. But iPad has the way upper hand on screen resolution, which is a compelling feature.

  • At $499, is Microsoft's Surface tablet priced to move?

    Windows on ARMSurface tablet pricing will start at $499, Microsoft confirmed today. But is that low enough to entice reams of buyers? - Right off the bat, that price does have at least two things going for it. One, it comes with 32GB of storage not 16GB like the identically priced Apple iPad. Two, it comes with Microsoft Office -- for now that means Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. (The final Office version "will be installed via Windows Update when available," according to Microsoft.)

  • 5 reasons why Windows RT should be important

    Windows on ARMThe pending release of the new Windows platforms marks the most ambitious release in the history of Microsoft. In a very short period, Microsoft will be updating multiple platforms for everything from smartphones to PCs with multiple versions of the Windows operating system (OS).

  • Poll: How much would you pay for a Microsoft Surface RT tablet?

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft surprised everyone on June 18th by announcing their brand new tablets. Microsoft Surface is the way Microsoft sees tablets and supposedly the best way to enjoy Windows 8. It comes in two versions: RT and Pro.

  • Windows 8 on ARM Won't Have Security Software: Will You Be Safe?

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft is preparing to launch Windows 8 and its companion Windows Store for later this month, which will have a broad swath of applications for desktop and tablet users alike, with one exception.

  • Intel's "Clover Trail" Chip For Windows 8 Tablets Challenges Windows RT

    Windows on ARMIntel introduced a new wrinkle into the Windows 8 tablet market on Thursday by launching an upgrade of its entry-level Atom chip line best known for (under)powering netbooks. The more powerful but still low-cost  Windows 8-compatible microprocessor challenges the need for Windows RT tablets powered by ARM chips.

  • Microsoft enters the Windows 'RT era'

    Windows on ARMI'm having one of those "duh" moments this afternoon, actually it started in the AM. Gartner analysts today profess the obvious: Windows 8 is a gamble, but one Microsoft must make to stay relevant. Really? Like we haven't said similarly here at BetaNews, and others elsewhere, for months. Given, the only good news today seems to be iPhone 5, and we're all so tired here of promoting Apple's Jesus Phone (could the Second Coming really get this much press), anything Windows 8 is welcome.


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