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

    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.

  • Beware the Windows 8 to Windows RT Profile Sync

    Windows on ARMYou gotta love the cloud.  Today, I did two things of note: I received and setup my new Microsoft Surface RT and then shortly afterward I upgraded my Dell desktop to Windows 8.  All was good.  But, not for long.  After my Dell desktop had stewed for a bit I noticed that the desktop background picture on my Microsoft Surface was exactly the same as my Dell desktop.

  • Windows RT and Surface Tablet: Microsoft's Deliberate Smokescreen and Balancing Act

    Windows on ARMA case could be made that Microsoft has done a poor job marketing Windows 8. Given that it is spending upwards of a billion (with a B) dollars on promotions, the problem is not in hyping the new operating system, but in explaining the differences between Windows 8 for x86 devices and Windows RT, the Windows 8 designed for ARM-based machines.

  • Win8 vs. Windows RT: What to know before you buy

    Windows on ARMDuring recent travels around the western U.S., I asked many computer salespeople about Windows 8 — and was truly shocked at inaccurate information provided about the new OS. Few knew the key differences between versions, and almost all offered “advice” that was way off the mark.

  • Exclusive: Intel CEO Paul Otellini on Windows 8, the Tablet Market and Competing With ARM

    Windows on ARMWindows 8 represents a new kind of Windows release for Intel, in terms of the opportunities to expand into new markets, and the threats posed to the chipmaker's core PC processor business.

  • Windows 8 versions: which is right for you?

    Windows on ARMThe 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.

  • What Windows RT Can’t Do

    Windows on ARMYou 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.

  • With Surface looming, Microsoft fails to explain Windows 8 vs. Windows RT to consumers

    Windows on ARMWith 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.

  • How to Choose: Windows 8 vs. Windows RT

    Windows on ARMWith Microsoft finally offering its Surface with Windows RT devices for sale, some readers are having second thoughts after an initial bout of enthusiasm: Is Windows RT right for them, or will its limitations prove problematic? But deciding between Windows 8 and Windows RT doesn't have to be hard.

  • Microsoft Surface with Windows RT: 5 things to consider before buying

    Windows on ARMBefore you head online to pre-order Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT (Surface RT) device starting Tuesday at noon Eastern, you'll want to make sure this is the right device for you. Do you need to run traditional Windows programs? Would you rather have a device that has a heftier keyboard dock? Have you looked at the other Windows 8-powered devices headed your way? Buying a Windows RT slate is not going to be as simple as buying an iPad or Android tablet, so before you buy here's a look at five things to consider.

  • 5 reasons why Windows RT should be important

    Windows on ARMThe pending release of the new Windows platforms marks the most ambitious release in the history of Microsoft. In a very short period, Microsoft will be updating multiple platforms for everything from smartphones to PCs with multiple versions of the Windows operating system (OS).

  • Which version of Windows 8 should you choose for tablet deployment?

    Windows on ARMWith the release of Windows 8 just around the corner, a fairly difficult question is facing IT leaders who are considering testing or deploying the new OS on tablets: which version of Windows 8 do I choose?

  • Intel's "Clover Trail" Chip For Windows 8 Tablets Challenges Windows RT

    Windows on ARMIntel introduced a new wrinkle into the Windows 8 tablet market on Thursday by launching an upgrade of its entry-level Atom chip line best known for (under)powering netbooks. The more powerful but still low-cost  Windows 8-compatible microprocessor challenges the need for Windows RT tablets powered by ARM chips.

  • Windows RT vs Windows 8: Which is best?

    Windows on ARMWe examine what distinguishes Windows 8 from Windows RT and which has more promise - Following the IFA 2012 conference there's now an extensive catalogue of Windows 8-based devices to mull over ahead of Microsoft's official October 26 launch.

  • Windows 8 VS Windows RT – What’s The Difference Between These Two Windows 8 Versions?

    Windows on ARMBack in the early stages of Windows 8, Microsoft announced that there would be 4 different versions of Windows 8. Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT. The first 3 are fairly obvious as to what the differences are but what's Windows RT all about? Not everyone knew about this "RT" version of Windows 8 until Microsoft revealed their Surface Tablets.

  • Windows 8 Vs. Windows RT: 8 Key Differences

    Windows on ARMWhen Microsoft launches Windows 8 on October 26, it also will unveil Windows RT, a new version of Microsoft's operating system designed specifically for ARM-based devices. Windows 8 and Windows RT have much in common, particularly the Modern UI Style (formerly Metro) design, with Live Tiles that dynamically display personalized information such as the current weather or the number of messages in your inbox. However, they have dramatic differences as well, most notably Windows RT's inability to run legacy (Intel X86-based) Windows apps.

  • Windows 8 vs Windows RT - 2

    Windows on ARMMark Spoonauer, Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley's roundtable discussion on Windows 8 vs Windows RT.
     

  • On ARM versus x86: Part II



    Windows on ARMYes, there are some downsides to RISC processors. For one, as I mentioned earlier, certain tasks (like floating point operations or division) can't be performed with a single instruction except in some of the newer RISC designs.

  • On ARM versus x86

    Windows on ARMIt seems like everyone in the industry wants to compare ARM (and other variants of RISC processors) to x86 (and other variants of CISC processors). For example, analysts ask, can Intel muscle it's way into the mobile market? Can ARM sneak in the back door of the tablet, laptop, or even desktop markets? Who is faster, more powerful, cheaper, uses less power, less space, and generates less heat?

  • DisARMed - HP Kills ARM-based Windows Tablet, Likely Thanks To Microsoft's Surface

    Windows on ARMThat didn't take long. HP has publicly confirmed that it has cancelled plans to bring a Windows RT (aka Windows on ARM) tablet to market in time for the Windows 8 debut. The company has decided to focus on its x86 customer base instead. HP spokesperson Marlene Somsak has said that "The decision was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future."


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