Tuesday, November 6, 2012

5 Reasons Why Windows RT Works and 5 Reasons Why it Doesn't

I admit that I am a fan of Apple and their products, but when I heard Microsoft's new Windows 8 and played with their Surface Tablets... I got excited. It's great to see a company reinventing themselves by not only rethinking their software but also creating hardware that is not only built solid, but also beautiful as well. 
With Windows 8 being all the rave in the media, little has been spoken about Windows RT. Below is a list put together by cnet of how Windows RT will succeed for Microsoft and also it's drawbacks. 

What is Windows RT and how does it differ from Windows 8...? 
Windows RT powers the company's Surface tablet and a few other devices. Superficially, the operating systems look and feel the same. But Windows RT is designed for devices running on ARM chips, which are used to power smartphones and tablets and are considered more power-efficient. Windows RT is more like "Windows Lite" than a full-blown update to the operating system. It's Microsoft's attempt to make a controlled environment similar to Apple's iOS, and that means Windows RT has some big limitations compared with Windows 8. 
What are the top 5 Drawbacks of Windows RT...? 
Here they are below: 
1. Flash only works on approved sites: Think you'll be able to watch all those Flash-based videos using your new RT computer? Well, think again. Flash will only run on sites approved by Microsoft. 
2. So-called legacy apps -- the traditional programs for older versions of Windows -- won't run on Windows RT: 
That includes some pretty popular offerings like iTunes and Adobe Photoshop, and Web browsers like Google Chrome. Even some traditional Microsoft programs won't work with Windows RT. Outlook is one of those, and Windows Media Player is another. And forget about playing some of the top games. World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, among others, aren't currently offered. 
3. Apps can only be purchased through the Windows Store and are pretty limited: If you think you can buy software at Wal-Mart or another retailer, think again. Windows 8 software won't work on Windows RT devices, and neither will software purchased from places other than the Windows Store.
Wes Miller, vice president of research at Directions on Microsoft, said earlier this month that there were about 4,300 Windows Store apps at that time. Miller, who monitors the Store total using publicly available information, expects there to be "well over" 5,000 apps on launch day. (This is a fraction in comparison to Apple's App Store that has 275,000+ apps for iPad.) 

4. Windows RT will have a desktop mode, but it will be restricted to pre-installed, Microsoft-produced software: 
That includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You won't see other desktop applications when you visit the Windows Store. Also, if you don't want Office, for some reason, you're out of luck. It comes pre-installed.
All those traditional applications you use won't work, and Windows RT licensing is for home and student use only. That means you have to buy a commercial license to use Windows RT's Office apps for work.

5. Overall, Windows RT vs. Windows 8 is pretty darn confusing: 
Microsoft hasn't done the best job explaining the differences, and many consumers are likely to buy RT only to find out they don't have the full functionality of Windows 8. 

What are the top 5 reasons Windows RT will succeed...??
Here are the reasons below: 
1. Windows RT showcases the best of Windows 8:
The Windows 8 operating system is innovative in a lot of a ways, and they're almost all tied to the don't-call-it-Metro interface. There's the ability to run two apps on screen, at once, with the Snap view. There's the live tiles, which can update information in real-time. There's the powerful Search feature, which allows you to type while on the Start screen and immediately begin searching your apps, settings, and files. And there's the Charms bar, which allows for instant, always-on access to Search, Share, and connected peripheral Devices. 
2. Good riddance to malware: 
The lack of malware on Windows RT can't be understated, either. Malware that's been written for x86 and Intel-based Windows, which includes Windows 8 Basic and Pro, will not work on Windows RT because RT runs on ARM-based processors. The bad guys will almost certainly catch up to RT eventually, but there's no financial incentive for now. It's not an immediate concern for them. You still have to worry about social engineering tricks, of course, but malware like ransomware just doesn't exist for Windows RT.
3. Windows RT ships with the new Microsoft Office
Microsoft is hoping that people who like the idea of a tablet but want to easily flip between work and relaxation on it will find the new Microsoft Office for Windows 8 appealing. They're hoping that so much, they're not going to charge you for the privilege. Microsoft hasn't given away any component of Office for free since 1983, so the built-in Office 2013 is a big incentive.
4. Classic Windows haters might like Windows RT:
If you hate older versions of Windows, Windows RT is a completely different experience. It doesn't have much use for Windows 8's legacy Desktop mode, which is restricted to first-party apps like Office and advanced settings. You will spend the vast majority of your time in Metro's tiled world, where app interfaces are as minimal as they come and content is the focus of everything you do.
5. The Surface RT design and price: 
Okay, wrap your head around the fact that Microsoft is in the hardware game now. Then consider that the Surface design is interesting and there's no way that it can be mistaken for a Samsung-style lawsuit waiting to happen, and you've got a unique piece of hardware that's guaranteed to garner attention.
It's not cheap, but $499 for the 32 GB version isn't an outrageous price, either. It's the lowest cost of entry to a Windows RT or full Windows 8 tablet around. Granted, that doesn't include either of the innovative keyboard covers ($119 & $129), but it's hard to imagine Microsoft charging less for the full Windows 8 version of the Surface.
Weighing in on the pros and cons of the new Microsoft Surface, I really don't see it catching on in an already saturated (yet young) market. In my own opinion, I honestly give it 1-year...

What are your thoughts...??

via cnet cnet

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well said.
great post.

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