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  • Windows on ARMWith Windows 8 now officially on sale and Windows Phone 8 formally launched last night at Microsoft's San Francisco event, the times they are a-changing over at Redmond. On the subject of Microsoft's new Windows operating system, I was recently able to play with the forthcoming Asus VivoTab RT (in addition to the Android based Padfone 2).

  • 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 ARMYou probably know that we've already reviewed a Windows RT tablet, the ASUS Vivo Tab RT and now we're having a look at the Windows RT platform on it. This is an operating system created by Microsoft as an ARM-based alternative for Windows 8, keeping the same Modern UI, but relying on a different architecture. ARM means that you get a slimmer device, with better battery management, but also the downside of developers not being so eager to port graphics intensive x86 games to this platform.

  • Windows on ARMFriday, October 26, Microsoft released its highly anticipated Surface RT tablets to the masses. I was able to snag one of these devices and spent most of my weekend in the web browser reading reviews that questioned Microsoft's so-called "curious inclusion" of the desktop. Perhaps I'm missing something but I don't understand why there is so much angst about the desktop in RT. Some people don't understand why the desktop is there but I think it makes complete sense.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft desperately needs a "thing"—a big thing that transcends the nerdy world of consumer electronics and achieves hero status among mobile-hardware wonks and civilians alike. The iPad is a thing. The Kindle Fire is a thing. Each tablet is a shared cultural experience that's practically effervescent in mainstream consumer appeal.

  • Windows on ARMThe TF600 Vivo Tab RT is ASUS's implementation of ARM on Windows. This tablet is VERY light, VERY thin, and the screen is absolutely gorgeous.
     

  • Windows on ARMUnlike most products we've seen this year, Microsoft's Surface announcement was a bonafide surprise. In a market where tablets were merely playing catch up to Apple's iPad, the Redmond company deviated from the norm while promising a Brave New World. Several months later and the future is finally here. The Surface with Windows RT is Microsoft's shift in focus as it pledges to Windows 8. And it's in our grubby hands.

  • Windows on ARMRead the comments on any of our ASUS Transformer Pad reviews. It doesn't matter if you pick the mid-range TF300 or the high-end Infinity. You'll invariably find someone saying, "That's nice, but can't it run Windows 8?" It's a perfectly sane request: sure, a tablet and optional keyboard dock make for a convenient setup, but how great would it be if you could use that keyboard to get work done in Microsoft Office?

  • Windows on ARMWindows RT is a version of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system that has been tailored specifically for tablets and notebooks powered by ARM processors. The new OS represents a massive shift for the Redmond-based company, as it is both the first version to support ARM SoCs and the first iteration to enable interaction on a tablet as enjoyable as a mouse and keyboard are on the desktop version of the OS.

  • Windows on ARMMeet Windows RT: Microsoft's first serious foray into tablets came just after the turn of the new millenium, with Bill Gates demonstrating the first tablet PC prototype onstage at Comdex in the autumn of 2000. From there, OEMs started releasing tablets based on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition in 2002, with a full range of pen-enabled slates and convertibles releasing over the next few years.

  • Windows on ARMSummary: I've spent the last week using Microsoft's new Surface with Windows RT. It does some things remarkably well, but it's not a PC. Is it right for you?
     

  • Windows on ARMWhen 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.

  • Windows on ARMSometimes 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.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive and high-quality hardware, Microsoft certainly appears at first glance to have ticked the right boxes.

  • Windows on ARMThe ASUS Transformer line of tablets have consistently been among the strongest contenders in the Android tablet world, so when it was announced that they would be one of the launch partners for Microsoft's Windows-on-ARM push, big things were expected. And so we have the ASUS VivoTab RT.

  • Windows on ARMWhile Microsoft's Surface gets the lion's share of the press, it's not the only tablet running the pared-down Windows RT operating system. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will be one of four Surface rivals going head-to-head with Microsoft's tablet this fall.

  • Windows on ARMWhen I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store." I said something similar about the Transformer Pad, and about the PadFone. Asus's modular strategy works reasonably well with Android, but seems tailor-made to fit how Windows 8 works.

  • Windows on ARMNow that Microsoft's Surface has been fully revealed and detailed, there has been a wealth of information on the Windows RT tablet over the past day or so. To make things a little easier for those interested in the Surface, we've collated all the information available into this one article, making it easy to see all the necessary info before you make a purchase.

  • Windows on ARMAlong with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was first hatched.

  • Windows on ARMThe waiting game is over. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet makes the leap from hardware cipher to hardware reality. Today I can answer many of the questions the world has been asking since June 18, the day when Microsoft first announced Surface RT, the company's bid to become a full-fledged provocateur of hardware lust in this age of fetishized iPads, Fires and Nexus 7s.


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