There 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.
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...
- Windows 10 on ARM is NOT Windows RT all over again
- What Is Windows 10 on ARM, and How is It Different From Windows RT?
- Microsoft: x86 Apps Will Run On ARM Chips At Near-Native Performance
- Microsoft video shows Windows on ARM running full Windows 10 and x86 apps
- ARM: If other ARM chipmakers want to emulate Intel's x86 chips, that's fine