Windows ARM Software News
Believe it or not, I loved Windows RT; hell, I still do. My Surface 2 still gets a good amount of use for gaming and web surfing. Unfortunately, the limited nature of the operating system (a positive from a security standpoint) was a turn-off to consumers, and rightfully so; Windows that can't run legacy programs? Doomed from the start.
MICROSOFT HAS FINALLY launched Windows 10 for the Raspberri Pi 2 in the form of the IoT Core Insider developer preview. While Microsoft warned that the software is pretty rough around the edges, it is touted to give makers "the opportunity to play with the software bits early" to get feedback on how well it works.
Some of you might remember that, back in February, Microsoft promised there would be a free version of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2 owners.
There's no need to ask for a show of hands. To get a sense of how long the Windows RT hate-train is, you can just spend a few minutes Googling. A few weeks ago when Microsoft let loose that official Windows RT devices, like the Surface 2, were not getting Windows 10 in any proper shape, the anti-RT chorus cheered that they have been finally vindicated.
In 1993, Microsoft introduced Windows NT. Unlike Windows 3.1—and, later, Windows 95 and 98—it could run on processors made by companies other than Intel or AMD. Windows NT supported several chips that had little traction in the PC market, but the land grab yielded little.
In October of 2012, Microsoft released Windows RT but what followed will be remembered for years to come as a major strategy shift for Windows that ultimately failed. Plagued with branding issues, a confusing message to consumers and a Windows Store that never materialized, Windows RT left Microsoft in a troubled position.
We all knew that Windows RT had no future, but Microsoft has always tried to make it successful despite the criticism that came from pretty much all around it, including from partners and users alike.
Windows RT is dead, according to a Microsoft slide shown on WinBeta.org today. It will not receive updates. It has no upgrade path, although it may get a few consolation features. It was a bad idea in the first place. And now, Microsoft may be making the same mistake again with Windows 10.
In June 2012 in front of an audience of journalists, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer was in philosophical mode, pondering how important hardware was to Microsoft, a company best known for its software.
Windows RT was introduced with much fanfare in October 2012, when Microsoft rolled out the Surface RT tablet, but the company is now planning to slowly phase it out as it switches the focus on the full Windows experience.
While Windows RT is practically dead with the Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet discontinued, and other ARM devices sporting a screen size of more than 8-inches not eligible for a full-fledged Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft has reiterated its continuing support for Windows RT.
Windows on ARM has not been universally popular. When first announced a week shy of three years ago, the prospect of Windows running on ARM processors piqued many people's interest, particularly around what software it would be able to run, and what hardware it would be able to run it on.
With Microsoft planning to kill off Windows RT by not allowing existing ARM devices sporting a screen size of more than 8-inches to upgrade to full Windows 10, one important question arises. Which large screen tablet running Windows 10 will be released by Microsoft to replace its discontinued ARM devices?
Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows 10 would be offered free of charge to buyers of the Raspberry Pi 2, a new version of the device that will launch later this year for only $35 (€30). This way, the Redmond-based software firm basically contributes to the creation of the world's most affordable PC, while also reiterating its efforts to invest more in the IoT field.
Windows Vista is pretty much known as Microsoft's biggest flop in the operating system industry, but it appears that another product is very likely to get the same nickname anytime soon. - Windows RT, which was launched in October 2012 on the Surface RT, is very likely to be dropped in the near future, as Microsoft officially canceled the Lumia 2520 tablet running it.