Windows on ARMI wasn't sure what I was expecting with Windows RT – possibly something like Windows Phone with a cut down desktop mode. I found the messaging a bit confusing. Lots of talk about what it wouldn't do, not about the similarities it had to the Windows 8 I was familiar with. In reality Windows RT seems more Windows 8 "Home edition" (I know there is no home edition, what I mean is a full operating system that can't join a domain) than Windows Phone on steroids.

Windows on ARMDeveloper Break – catch up on the smaller but important notes for developers, from libraries to APIs and from people to postings. This week: XAML development for Windows RT, Cubetto for iPhones, two new projects from GitHub, Mercurial support in Perforce, IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition and a cloud-based music and sound effects API.

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.

Desktop on Windows RT makes sense

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2012-Oct-28 | Tags: criticismreview

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 ARMYesterday brought the launch of Windows 8 as well as the official launch of a number of Windows RT tablets. We went to a local Microsoft Store to check out the new devices, and were surprised at some of the information being given out by store employees. By far, the worst bit of misinformation was that one employee told us that Windows RT is "nearly identical" to Windows 8.

Windows on ARMAmong the many curious aspects of the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is its inclusion of a so-called Preview version of Office Home & Student 2013 RT. Microsoft previously said that the final version of this productivity suite would ship soon after the Surface arrived. But it’s already available. Here’s how you can get it now.

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.

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: the essential apps

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2012-Oct-27 | Tags: appscompatibilityusage

Windows on ARMIf you haven't heard it by now, let us make it extra clear - Windows RT is not the full Windows 8. No, it won't run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, or whatever traditional Windows program you throw at it. Except for Microsoft's Office package that comes pre-loaded.

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 ARMSummary: Surface RT has too many limitations to make it practical for me to own an ARM-based Microsoft Windows Tablet today. But that will change over time.
 

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.

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 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.

Windows RT: Fortified against malware

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2012-Oct-26 | Tags: security

Windows on ARMWindows RT devices and their apps set new high-water mark for Windows security. But without support for Active Directory, their enterprise use is limited - Even Microsoft's lawyers say it: Windows RT isn't Windows. In fact, Microsoft is releasing two different operating systems: Windows 8 and Windows RT (Run Time).


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