What makes Windows RT different than Windows 8?

2012-Oct-29 | Tags: compatibilityversusx86

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.


You've heard of Windows 8 by now, but many people haven't heard much (if anything) about Windows RT. If you're heading to a retail store to check out some PCs this holiday season, there's a good chance you're going to encounter both versions, so it's important to understand what makes Windows RT different and know whether or not it's going to live up to your expectations.

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Here's the short version: Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 that has been built to run on ARM-based processors like the Nvidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. The version of Windows 8 you see in boxes — and on most all-in-ones, desktops, and laptops — is made for x86 compatible processors like Intel's Core i3, i5, and i7 and AMD's Bulldozer and Fusion APU. You can't buy Windows RT in a box or download it and install it on an ARM tablet like the Nexus 7 either...

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