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  • Intel: Windows RT falls short of full Windows 8 experience

    Windows on ARMIntel believes that Windows RT falls short of the full Windows 8 experience, with a senior executive telling TechRadar that compatibility with old software and peripherals will remain a key issue for the ARM-based version of Microsoft's new operating system.

  • Windows RT missing your favorite apps? Try these

    Windows on ARMIf you have a device running Windows RT, chances are you're missing one or more of your favorite apps. Here are five alternatives that could be worth a download, depending on what you're looking for.

  • What makes Windows RT different than Windows 8?

    Windows on ARMWith the launch of Windows 8, you might not realize that there are actually two new versions of the software. One for regular computers and one for portable devices. Here's what each does.

  • Windows RT: Local Group Policy, MMC, and PowerShell

    Windows on ARMI wasn't sure what I was expecting with Windows RT – possibly something like Windows Phone with a cut down desktop mode. I found the messaging a bit confusing. Lots of talk about what it wouldn't do, not about the similarities it had to the Windows 8 I was familiar with. In reality Windows RT seems more Windows 8 "Home edition" (I know there is no home edition, what I mean is a full operating system that can't join a domain) than Windows Phone on steroids.

  • Are Microsoft Store employees misleading customers about Windows RT?

    Windows on ARMYesterday brought the launch of Windows 8 as well as the official launch of a number of Windows RT tablets. We went to a local Microsoft Store to check out the new devices, and were surprised at some of the information being given out by store employees. By far, the worst bit of misinformation was that one employee told us that Windows RT is "nearly identical" to Windows 8.

  • Beware the Windows 8 to Windows RT Profile Sync

    Windows on ARMYou gotta love the cloud.  Today, I did two things of note: I received and setup my new Microsoft Surface RT and then shortly afterward I upgraded my Dell desktop to Windows 8.  All was good.  But, not for long.  After my Dell desktop had stewed for a bit I noticed that the desktop background picture on my Microsoft Surface was exactly the same as my Dell desktop.

  • Windows RT: the essential apps

    Windows on ARMIf you haven't heard it by now, let us make it extra clear - Windows RT is not the full Windows 8. No, it won't run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, or whatever traditional Windows program you throw at it. Except for Microsoft's Office package that comes pre-loaded.

  • Microsoft: Windows RT is 'it's own experience'

    Windows on ARMAre we supposed to think about Windows RT as a different product from Windows 8? That's the question we put to Windows 8 marketing head Tami Reller in a briefing with TechRadar recently. "In a way you are," she says, "it definitely has a tremendous amount in common – a tremendous amount - with Windows 8 but yet it is its own experience.

  • Windows RT and Surface Tablet: Microsoft's Deliberate Smokescreen and Balancing Act

    Windows on ARMA case could be made that Microsoft has done a poor job marketing Windows 8. Given that it is spending upwards of a billion (with a B) dollars on promotions, the problem is not in hyping the new operating system, but in explaining the differences between Windows 8 for x86 devices and Windows RT, the Windows 8 designed for ARM-based machines.

  • EU antitrust regulators let Microsoft limit browsers on Windows RT

    Windows on ARMEuropean Union regulators will not force Microsoft to open its Windows RT operating system to rival browsers, the Brussels-based antitrust agency said Wednesday. At the same time, the European Competition Commission served Microsoft with formal charges for failing to display a required browser choice screen on millions of Windows 7 PCs in the EU over a year-and-a-half span ending last July.

  • 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.


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