Windows ARM Software News
The difference between Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT - With only two versions of Windows 8 to be available to consumers, plus one for ARM devices (pre-installed only), what you get ought to be straightforward.
The 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.
When Microsoft launches Windows 8 on Oct. 26, Redmond and its partners will begin selling Windows RT hardware at the same time. What Microsoft hasn't really communicated is that Windows RT is essentially a separate operating system with different features, quirks, benefits, and limitations.
With the ARM-based version of Microsoft's Surface tablets due to launchin less than three days, rival PC makers are only now beginning to unveil details of their own Windows RT devices. If you were hoping Microsoft's partner OEMs would rise to the occasion and beat Redmond at its own game, prepare to be disappointed.
Sometimes new isn't always better. CNET takes you through a few things you'll need to keep in mind before buying a Windows RT device. While Microsoft is spending a small fortune promoting its next-generation Windows 8 operating system, it also has another new operating system called Windows RT, which actually powers the company's Surface tablet and a few other devices.
Come in from the cold, we've got Windows RT tabs to flog - More than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8.ARM was squeezed out of the then emerging and subsequently dominant platform of the time, the desktop PC, as computer makers coalesced around Intel chips running Windows software.
A few days ago, it was reported that Microsoft has started the process of updating the Windows RT version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student from the current preview version to the final version, well ahead of Microsoft's previous schedule.
One of the major selling points of Windows RT tablets is the full, albeit Windows RT version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student. The version included on tablets such as the Surface out of the box is branded as a Preview, with Microsoft originally expecting to roll out a final version sometime in November.
You probably know that Windows 8 comes in two different versions - Basic x86 Windows (this is what you use now) and Windows RT. They have similar names. They look the same. But there are serious differences between the two - ones you should know about before you plunk down your cold hard cash on a Microsoft tablet.
Poll results to question "Will you buy Surface RT?" are in, and the numbers are surprising. Among the 1,530 respondents so far, 43.46 percent won't buy the tablet. That's actually a considerably lower number than I expected for a new device running a new operating system from an old technology company.
IDG 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.
Bundled apps on Surface RT cannot be used for work without tying them to another Office license, Microsoft confirms - Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that owners of Windows RT hardware, including the company's own Surface RT, must acquire a commercial license for Office 2013 to use those devices' bundled Office apps at and for work.
When 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.
With only nine days remaining before an October 26th launch, Microsoft's Windows 8 marketing campaign is approaching full force. With an estimated $1.5 billion budget, Redmond is plastering subway stations, spraying walls and sidewalks, erecting website banners and planning holiday pop-up stores, not to mention running expensive commercials on national television.