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  • Windows RT is Dead, But Microsoft Hasn't Learned

    Windows on ARMWindows RT is dead, according to a Microsoft slide shown on WinBeta.org today. It will not receive updates. It has no upgrade path, although it may get a few consolation features. It was a bad idea in the first place. And now, Microsoft may be making the same mistake again with Windows 10.

  • Windows RT: The odd birth, brief life, and quiet death of Microsoft's ugly duckling operating system

    Windows on ARMIn June 2012 in front of an audience of journalists, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer was in philosophical mode, pondering how important hardware was to Microsoft, a company best known for its software.

  • Free Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2: Smart but Desperate Move to Attract Devs

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft announced yesterday that Windows 10 would be offered free of charge to buyers of the Raspberry Pi 2, a new version of the device that will launch later this year for only $35 (€30). This way, the Redmond-based software firm basically contributes to the creation of the world's most affordable PC, while also reiterating its efforts to invest more in the IoT field.

  • Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

    Windows on ARMInterview Today Microsoft and Raspberry Pi announced that Windows 10 will run on the new Pi 2. But why? The Register spoke to Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton. “We’ve had people queuing up and saying they want Windows, the whole time,” says Upton. “I think there’s a sense that 'you’re a real PC' if you run Windows.”

  • Microsoft's decision to ditch Surface is a long-overdue mercy killing for Windows RT

    Windows on ARMFor too long it was the metaphorical unwanted litter of kittens tied in a sack just waiting for someone to ditch it in the river. Windows RT is dead, having enjoyed a cancer-ridden 'life' for longer than many people expected. Microsoft announced that it is no longer going to manufacture Surface devices, all but signing the death warrant for Windows RT.

  • Microsoft's Windows RT isn't dead...yet

    Windows on ARMThe software giant says it's working on an update for the versions of its Surface tablet that used an ARM-based chip. But it will only have some of the functionality of Windows 10. Looks like Microsoft's long-suffering Windows RT software isn't dead quite yet.

  • Windows RT tablets won’t run Windows 10

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft has no plans to bring its Windows 10 software to tablets running Windows RT. That means the Surface 2, Surface RT, Nokia Lumia 2520, and a handful of other tablets with ARM-based chips and Windows software won’t get all the fancy new Windows 10 features coming to Windows phones and x86-based PCs.

  • Windows Server with ARM? Crazier ideas have happened

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft is reportedly developing a version of Windows Server for ARM-based servers. The big question is what Microsoft would get out of such a move. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is exploring ARM servers.

  • Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures. Microsoft's traditionally cozy relationship with Intel at times has appeared chilly over the last few years, with the former investing in ARM processors and the latter making chips for devices that run Google's Android and Chrome OS.

  • What's the future of Microsoft's ARM-based tablets?

    Windows on ARMA few years back, Microsoft took an ambitious step to build a version of Windows that would run on ARM-based processors. At the time, this was a huge move, as many expected this new operating system, called Windows RT, to challenge the standard that Intel and AMD were the only vendors who could produce laptop-class processors.

  • Windows is not the desktop and why Windows RT isn't dead

    Windows on ARMSummary: Microsoft's One Windows strategy is only causing confusion because we seem to have forgotten what an operating system is.

  • Microsoft Might Have Just Found the New Vista

    Windows on ARMWindows 8 has often been referred to as the new Vista, but it appears that another platform that got to see daylight in the last couple of years could become the successor of what has been called the biggest fail in Microsoft's history.

  • Windows RT isn't dead -- yet

    Windows on ARMComputerworld - The troubled Windows RT operating system got nary a mention at Microsoft's Surface event on Tuesday. - All of the focus instead was on the new 12-in. Surface Pro 3 tablet, which runs Windows 8.1 on one of three Intel processors and which officials touted as a laptop replacement well suited for business.

  • Microsoft's Surface Mini May Give New Life to Windows RT

    Windows on ARMNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT) may not be ready to give up on Windows RT just quite yet. The company has invited journalists to an event in New York, later this month, where it's expected to announce a new Surface tablet to compete with Apple's (AAPL) popular iPad mini, as well as the recently introduced smaller tablets running the full version of Windows. According to a report from TheNextWeb Microsoft is planning "a small gathering" in New York city on May 20th presumably to introduce a new, smaller Surface device.

  • Does free Windows 8 spell the end of Windows RT?

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft's announcement that Windows will be free for tablets with screen sizes smaller than nine inches took a lot of people by surprise. The company will even offer a year's worth of Office365 free with every license. The move raises the question about the relevance of Windows RT. Sure, Microsoft mentions tablets, not Ultrabooks, but one may argue that hybrids are also tablets (since their displays are touch enabled).

  • R.I.P. RT? Twitter toys with killing retweets in favour of 'Shares'

    Windows on ARMRetweeting is an integral part of the Twitter experience, and the ability to instantly repeat something that another user has said to all of your followers is a feature that tweeters across the globe take advantage of every day. But just days after Twitter announced a range of multimedia-focused changes - including the ability to upload multiple images in a single tweet, and to tag other users in an image - it looks like the company may be toying with further changes, this time related to retweets.

  • Why Microsoft Thinks Businesses Should Adopt the Surface 2 and Windows RT 8.1

    Windows on ARMBusinesses have been shy about making the switch to Windows 8.1, and that goes double for bringing the less capable Windows 8.1 RT into the mix. Even so, Microsoft isn't shy about reaching out to businesses and their IT departments to let them know why Windows RT 8.1 and the Surface 2 combine to make the perfect office companion, and the company has posted a blog outlining the reasons why it feels that businesses should be excited about it.

  • 6 reasons why Windows RT is the real future of Windows

    Windows on ARMThe standard fare of tech industry pundits just don't get it when it comes to Windows RT. They lambasted it when it came out in 2012 (in some ways, rightfully so). They doubted Microsoft would release a Surface 2 variant, and Redmond did just that. And they continue to beat the anti-RT drum loud and clear, using RT device sales figures as their proof of a pending death notice.

  • What we know about Windows Phone 8.1 so far

    Windows on ARMIn late-October 2012 Microsoft released Windows Phone 8. Today, it is still the latest available iteration, more than a year after its arrival. Some would say its feature set was outdated when it launched, more so now as both rivals, Android and iOS, have been improved multiple times since, pushing them further ahead of Microsoft's own competitor.

  • Windows RT Not Going to Die Soon, Former Windows Boss Says

    Windows on ARMSeveral device manufacturers around the world have already criticized Windows RT and even abandoned it completely, deciding to stick to the full version of Windows 8 to provide support for traditional software to buyers.


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