With Windows 8 now officially on sale and Windows Phone 8 formally launched last night at Microsoft's San Francisco event, the times they are a-changing over at Redmond. On the subject of Microsoft's new Windows operating system, I was recently able to play with the forthcoming Asus VivoTab RT (in addition to the Android based Padfone 2).
First off, I ought to point out that the VivoTab RT runs Windows RT, a version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM devices, such as the Microsoft Surface.
For the uninitiated, Windows 8 offers a new-look user interface that encourages you to tap, swipe, pinch, swipe again and pull. And for anyone still confused about the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, read this.
As you may or may not know, Windows RT tablets like the VivoTab RT only run apps that are available in the Windows Store.
And as of today, there's not a lot of choice (even Office ships as a preview with a free update to the complete version later) in this new Windows marketplace, but that situation should improve given the amount of money Microsoft is pumping into marketing Windows 8.
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- Report: Microsoft Surface Phone Prototype Runs Snapdragon 835, Supports x86 Apps
- Surface 2 Review: Does Windows RT Still Suck?
- Microsoft Surface 2 Review: Specs Of Windows RT 8.1-Powered Tablet Incl. Hi-Res Display, High-Quality Camera & Free Office 2013
- Nokia Lumia 2520 review - the best Windows RT tablet yet... fancy a tablet that's different?