Windows on ARMI've had a love-hate relationship with Windows RT ever since Microsoft unveiled a prototype at CES in January 2011. But with its future now on shaky ground I can't help but feel that Microsoft is itself hammering the nails into the operating system's coffin, and that this may be huge mistake.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft looks ready to kill off Windows RT, its version of Windows devised for chips based on ARM's architecture, judging by remarks by senior executive Julie Larson-Green.

Windows on ARMThere are a lot of rumors going around that Microsoft might eventually merge Windows RT with the Windows Phone operating system. In many ways this makes sense. Both are designed for the ARM processors while full Windows 8.x is still designed for the x86/x64 processors of the PC world.

Windows on ARMWindows RT is a mess, and Microsoft now admits it. The company's head of hardware, Julie Larson-Green, sat down at the UBS Technology Summit last week (via wmpoweruser) and pretty much admitted that Windows RT was a total disaster.

A month with the Surface 2

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Windows on ARMThe second generation Surface is a well-built, highly functional machine but it has yet to catch-on in the market to the same degree of the iPad. For Microsoft, the Surface is a must-win device as the company shifts from a software focused company, to a device and services model where the Surface plays a key part.

Windows on ARMEver since Nokia disrupted the Windows Phone world with its best-selling Lumia handsets, we've wondered: Will the company ever make a Windows tablet? As it turns out, yes. This week, Nokia ships its first tablet, the Windows RT 8.1-based Lumia 2520. And if you're a fan of Nokia's phones, this device should prove most interesting as well.

Windows on ARMThere are two Windows tablet makers still building ARM-based devices: Microsoft and Nokia. Over the past week, I've had the chance to try out the "other" ARM tablet: The Lumia 2520. Nokia loaned me a device on November 15 and I've been checking it out ever since.

Windows on ARMI’ve now spent a month with the Microsoft Surface 2 and I consider it time well spent. The Surface 2 is by no means a perfect machine and I would still label it a work in progress. I stand by my initial thinking that the Surface 2 is a very good next step for Microsoft and a very good improvement over the disastrous first version in almost every respect.

Windows on ARMLooks like next Friday is going to be a busy day. In addition to seeing the Xbox One launch on that day, Nokia's curiously interesting Windows RT-based tablet, the Lumia 2520, will start shipping that day too.

Windows on ARMThe first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, of course.

Windows on ARMSomewhere in Redmond (at least metaphorically speaking) are several very large piles of unsold Surface RT tablet components. Why did the long-awaited and much-hyped ARM tablet running "Windows for ARM" Windows RT flop so badly, when ARM tablets running iOS for ARM from Apple are doing so well?

Windows on ARMMicrosoft now has a well-qualified hardware partner, software that’s matured rapidly in the last year, and a complete set of Office functionality -- but is Windows RT even relevant?

Windows on ARMYes, you've read that correctly. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet will be available at US retailer Best Buy under the magical $200 mark. The $199.99 price tag will be attached next to the Windows RT slate between November 28 and November 30, just in time for Black Friday.

Windows on ARMWhen you think about the eventual unification of the Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms, a number of thoughts probably go through your mind. But such a grand vision requires smaller, more pragmatic steps, especially in the early stages. The first such step was the unification of the Store infrastructure for both platforms. And the second step was announced this week, with Microsoft now unifying the developer programs for Windows Store and Windows Phone.

Windows on ARMI didn't realize that the version of Outlook 2013 RT that came bundled with the RTM version of Windows 8.1 RT was still officially a preview release. Update: Actually, this seems NOT to be the case. I've asked Microsoft if yesterday's blog post is just a reposting of a past entry. It looks as if Outlook 2013 RT already had RTM'd as I thought originally. Stay tuned for Microsoft's official response.


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