You Want to Buy a Surface, but What is Windows RT?

2012-Oct-27 | Tags: learnsurface-rttabletversusx86

Windows on ARMThere is a new version of Windows available today: Windows 8. Every time you hear about Windows 8, you hear about how vastly different it is from Windows 7 and its predecessors. Then you head to a Microsoft Store, or stumble into one of those pop-up Microsoft Stores at your local mall, and you see the Microsoft Surface tablet... also wildly different from your Windows laptop or iPad.


Or maybe you saw the Surface on TV. Sooner or later, you'll hear or read about the operating system on the Surface: Windows RT.

What the heck is Windows RT?

If you've been following all the Microsoft news, Surface news, Windows 8 news and such, this blog post is not for you. If you still don't know how Windows RT is different than Windows 8, you can read the boring corporate FAQ from Microsoft, or you can keep reading.

Microsoft Surface RT

Windows RT is a Flavor of Windows 8

Windows 8 follows in the footsteps of Windows 7 and the versions that preceded it. It has the traditional desktop look & feel, it should run every single one of the apps you have on Windows 7, it runs on desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, ultrabooks, hybrids, and tablets. You will primarily use a keyboard and mouse to use it, but it also works very well with touch screens. It has some cool new features, it's crazy fast, boots in seconds instead of minutes, syncs your files & settings in SkyDrive automatically, and much more...

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