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  • Windows on ARMApple CEO Tim Cook isn't impressed by cheap Android tablets from the likes of Asus, Samsung, and Amazon. He's also not to keen on Microsoft's newly released Surface RT tablet either.

  • Windows on ARMI've long been thinking of doing a series of postings on both Microsoft and the industry's use of telemetry and was about ready to start when I realized I'd rather put a cart before the horse.  Many have scratched their head about Windows RT, and in particular its lack of support for third-party "desktop" apps.  Ultimately I think Windows RT is the result of heavy reliance on telemetry.

  • Windows on ARMI've just started at a new company, and it's been a busy few weeks. Yet I've already had a lot of experiences on my new Surface RT. I'd read my share of Surface RT reviews before mine arrived – and the world doesn't need another Surface RT review, so I'll take you on a quick run-through of my thoughts to date.

  • Windows on ARMIt's been over a week since the Windows 8 launch in New York, and that means it's been 12 days since I bought a 64GB Surface RT device with a Touch Cover in Microsoft's Times Square pop-up store.

  • Windows on ARMSummary: I love the Microsoft Surface RT hardware, but was thinking a return was imminent. I then took a two day trip without a laptop and am convinced there is a real place in my mobile arsenal for the Surface RT.

  • Windows on ARMHollywood often withholds badly conceived movies from reviewers so that bad press doesn't adversely affect the opening weekend box office. So it was with Surface with Windows RT, for me at least: Microsoft refused to let me even peek at this machine ahead of the launch day. And although the Surface is no dud -- in fact, it's very well made -- Surface RT is no PC replacement.

  • Windows on ARMLast Friday we received our Microsoft Surface RT, and, like thousands of other bloggers, I spent the weekend playing with it and writing a review. Brian is somewhere on the other side of the world, so you're just getting my impressions for now. But he and Gabe have been emailing and texting me asking, "Did you get it?" "How awesome is it?" "Can you type on it?" and "What do you think?"

  • Windows on ARMAre we supposed to think about Windows RT as a different product from Windows 8? That's the question we put to Windows 8 marketing head Tami Reller in a briefing with TechRadar recently. "In a way you are," she says, "it definitely has a tremendous amount in common – a tremendous amount - with Windows 8 but yet it is its own experience.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft's Windows is coming to tablets again, showing that a fondleslab can do anything a laptop can. Yet not all Windows tablets are equal, and Microsoft is relying on our ongoing obsession with physical keyboards to ensure that Windows RT remains secondary to the flagship full-fat Windows 8 operating system.

  • 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 on ARMAs we barrel toward the release of Windows 8 in late October, let’s not forget that this major software milestone involves another related release, Windows 8’s half-brother Windows RT. This ARM-based version of Windows 8 is, I think, a peek at the future of computing, at least as Microsoft sees it. But Windows RT comes to the party missing a key piece of the puzzle: Compatibility with non-bundled desktop applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Visual Studio.

  • Windows on ARMI expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems to be growing murkier instead.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft has now announced that the first Windows RT tablets will come from Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and from Microsoft itself with Surface.
     

  • Windows on ARMThe Computex trade show in Taipei, which wrapped up on June 9, was a bit of a coming out party for Windows RT. Not because Microsoft made any major announcements about it, but because actual devices — not crude development platforms — were on display running the OS. NVIDIA in particular showed off a sleek Windows RT tablet from Asus built around NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-plus-one core mobile system on a chip (SoC).

  • Windows on ARMThis is all about the edition Windows RT, previously nick-named WOA, which is Windows on ARM – the processor platform for non-x86 tablets. If you don't understand that, or know what that means, you probably don't need to. Windows RT edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and not as a retail edition. It is designed to help "enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life." Not iPad's.

  • Windows on ARMRaising the specter of last-generation browser battles, Mozilla launches a publicity campaign to seek a place for browsers besides IE on Windows devices using ARM chips. Stop me if you've heard this one before: Microsoft muscles aside other browsers and cements the dominance of Internet Explorer. The browser market, deprived of competition, stagnates.

  • Windows on ARMComputerworld - Tablets were clearly top of mind for the designers of Tablets were clearly top of mind for the designers of Windows 8. The Metro interface sacrifices usability on the PC, which suggests that Microsoft is focused on overtaking the iPad. This design choice was met with conjectures that Microsoft believed enterprises would favor Windows 8 tablets because they'd work in sync with Windows 8 on desktops and could be deployed and managed companywide with the same set of tools.

  • Windows on ARMSummary: I'd thought Windows 8 tablets one shot at the business market because IT administrators could deploy and manage them with Active Directory. Guess what? They're not supporting Active Directory on them.

  • Windows on ARMComputerworld - Microsoft may have simply run out of time with Windows RT, an analyst said today. Windows RT, the name Microsoft slapped on the OS earlier this week after calling it "Windows on ARM," or WOA, for months, is the forked version of Windows 8 designed to run on devices powered by ARM SoCs, or system-on-a-chip.

  • Windows on ARMBefore I start this month's column, I just can't resist crowing a bit. Last year, when Microsoft released its online Office product and called it "Office 365," I snarkily asked at a keynote, "So does that mean it won't run on February 29 next year?" -- referring to this year's leap day. And what happened on February 29? That's right . . . a leap year bug crashed Azure. Microsoft folks, you've just got to pay closer attention to my keynotes!


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