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What to Expect from Windows RT

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In an official blog posted by Microsoft, the company named ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung as the four PC makers that are planning to launch hardware for the Windows RT. Although not necessarily a tablet, the mentioned manufacturers will build a Windows RT-equipped device in addition to the software giant’s Surface tablet.

No further details were provided yet, but the company added that people should expect more than just tablets from Windows RT. As Microsoft’s Mike Anguilo wrote:

Some of our Windows RT PCs come with full keyboard and touchpad solutions, whether removable/dockable or a traditional clamshell.

What Users Will Enjoy

In addition, Microsoft also shared the benefits that users will enjoy once Windows RT-based devices are now available.

Users will have a “connected standby” feature, which will enable them to update email and other information even if the device is in sleep mode. The company also promised that this functionality won’t drain hardware’s battery. Speaking of battery, the software giant also suggests that devices running on Windows RT will have superior battery life compared to x86-based Windows machine. It is said to feature battery life that spans within 8 to 13 hours 0f HD video playback.

There were also claims that Windows RT devices will measure between 0.33 and 0.62 inches thick and will weigh in at between 1.15 and 2.64 pounds. However, it will be hard to compare the upcoming hardware to its x86-based counterpart, unless official specifications are revealed.

The Downside of Windows RT

As of the moment, Windows RT—which is designed for NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm’s ARM-based chips—has been notable for what it’s incapable of: running legacy Windows software.

Additionally, it can only install apps straight from Microsoft’s Windows Store. It will add bare bones desktop functionality and an Office 15 version, but the software will lack a few features compared to a full Office version for x86-based processors.

What Lies Ahead for Windows RT

On a lighter note, it was reported that Microsoft will offer more frequent software updates—at least for Windows RT.

Windows RT software will not be sold or distributed independent of a new Windows RT PC, just as you would expect from a consumer electronics device that relies on unique and integrated pairings of hardware and software. Over the useful lifetime of the PC, the provided software will be serviced and improved.

The update could mimic Apple and Google’s annual update cycle for their mobile operating system, which could help Microsoft keep up with the competition. However, it also raises questions as to how often will the company update its x86-based machines. Moreover, it is still unknown how much will the Windows RT devices will cost.

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