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  • Windows RT supports 420 million peripherals (printers, displays, keyboards, etc)

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft is launching two new operating systems tomorrow: Windows 8 and Windows RT. The first is designed to run on computers with x86 processor and includes support for most apps designed for Windows 7 and earlier. The second looks like Windows 8, but it's designed to run on tablets and other devices with ARM-based processors.

  • Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface is dead on arrival

    Windows on ARMForget the attractive, four-star hardware. The new Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is a disaster, and I predict Windows RT won't last two years. I'm not talking about Windows 8. The Surface with Windows 8 looks like an excellent (if costly) tablet, especially for businesses. Windows RT is a new OS that looks like Windows 8, but isn't. Bluntly, it runs Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and almost nothing else.

  • A guide to Windows RT (FAQ)

    Windows on ARMComing off of our previous coverage, you may have heard about Windows 8 (read CNET's review) and Windows RT as being different. While Microsoft has made a point of cutting down on the number of Windows 8 versions available when compared with previous Windows releases, the company is also making a feature-limited Windows 8 version to run on ARM processors called Windows RT. Windows RT is more like Microsoft's attempt to do a Windows version of Apple's locked-down iOS than anything else.

  • 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.

  • Many Dell, HP printers, MFPs incompatible with Windows RT

    Windows on ARMIDG News Service - Hewlett-Packard and Dell have published compatibility lists of printers and multifunction devices for the upcoming Windows 8 and RT tablet OSes, with a large number of models listed as bring incompatible with Windows RT.

  • 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 Blocks Antivirus Software on Windows RT

    Windows on ARMWhen Microsoft launches the brand new Windows RT, the Windows version specifically designed to be installed on tablets, it won't allow users to install third-party antivirus software.

  • How to Fix Windows RT

    Windows on ARMAs we barrel toward the release of Windows 8 in late October, let’s not forget that this major software milestone involves another related release, Windows 8’s half-brother Windows RT. This ARM-based version of Windows 8 is, I think, a peek at the future of computing, at least as Microsoft sees it. But Windows RT comes to the party missing a key piece of the puzzle: Compatibility with non-bundled desktop applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Visual Studio.

  • Microsoft Details Office For Windows RT, Will Be Available In Early November

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft is about to release a groundbreaking version of its popular Windows operating system, although with the usual frenzy surrounding the iPhone 5, you certainly wouldn't know it. As well as releasing for desktop as per usual, Windows 8 will be available for tablets such as the Surface, and as well as Windows Phone 8 for – you've guessed it – smartphones, a special, tablet-friendly iteration will be released for Windows 8 RT.

  • Breaking through Windows RT: why Microsoft needs to drop the desktop

    Windows on ARMLast month at IFA 2012, we got our first real look at Microsoft's Windows RT operating system — designed to run on ARM-based chipsets. Shrouded in mystery since its conception, RT is positioned as an OS that could, perhaps, rival iOS on tablet hardware. However, one big part of RT's mystery was revealed at IFA — the operating system will include a full desktop mode that's near-identical to its Windows 8 counterpart.

  • Office 2013 on Windows RT - business as usual

    Windows on ARMSummary: The first tablets bearing Windows RT are now appearing in reviewers' hands, along with Office 2013 optimized for touch. While showing promise, the handling of touch operation seems to be business as usual for Office use on tablets.

  • Windows RT: Office and Certified Peripherals information uncovered

    Windows on ARMWhile we all anxiously wait for the Microsoft Surface/Windows RT to arrive, a few new details have been uncovered from a variety of sources about the latest hardware/software package from Microsoft. The first bit of news is that Microsoft has quietly updated its Surface website with new text at the bottom that gives us a bit of new information about the platform.

  • Implementation and apps the key to Surface RT tablets

    Windows on ARMSummary: The Microsoft Surface RT tablet is an exciting entrant to the mobile space, with so much riding on how well Windows RT meshes with the tablet hardware. The public reaction to Surface RT will ride on the implementation of the OS and the apps.

  • Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers

    Windows on ARMWindows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.

  • EU to investigate Windows 8 RT for lack of browser options

    Windows on ARMSomeone should probably let the EU know that Internet Explorer is no longer the force it used to be many, many years ago. Beyond investigating Microsoft's lack of browser ballot after an update was rolled out, the EU will also be looking into browser options for Windows RT tablets. 

  • Windows 8 compatiblity logo leak now adds Windows RT

    Windows on ARMEarlier this month, the Winunleaked.info forums posted up what it claimed were the official Windows 8 compatibility logos that Microsoft will use for Windows 8-based hardware and software. At the time, we contacted Microsoft to find out whether or not these logos were the genuine article. Unfortunately, Microsoft declined to comment.

  • Traditional Windows Desktop to Take Backseat to Windows RT

    Windows on ARMThe upcoming launch of Windows RT for ARM-based mobile devices could signal the beginning of the end for the traditional Windows desktop, according to new data from Gartner.

  • Microsoft claims Windows RT is the 'most compatible' ARM OS

    Windows on ARMSOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has said its upcoming Windows RT will be loaded on laptops and tablets, claiming it is the "most compatible" ARM operating system. - Microsoft's Windows 8 will be the first time the firm has launched a desktop operating system that supports the ARM architecture, albeit with the Windows RT branding. Now the firm has said that laptops and tablets will feature Windows RT and called it the most compatible ARM operating system.

  • Windows RT for ARM Devices Raises Old Fears of IE Browser Monopoly

    Windows on ARMThe Microsoft announcement that Internet Explorer will be the only browser choice on some Windows RT devices brought a howl of protest from one browser rival, Mozilla, but Microsoft faces a much different market than when it gave away Internet Explorer for free to crush Netscape Navigator in the browser war of the 1990s.

  • Google Chrome Beta for Windows 8 Arriving, but Not for WinRT

    Windows on ARMGoogle announced on Thursday that its Chrome browser will be available for testing on the Windows 8 release preview. The test browser will be released at the Google Chrome dev channel for Windows, according to Google's blog post, which didn't specify when. The company plans to smooth out the user interface of the browser over the next couple of months, and will be seeking user feedback.


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