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    OMG! They’re using Windows RT!


    I know, I know; everyone has declared Windows RT dead and is having the grave dug as you read this. No one wants it, needs, it, or has any use for it. Personally, I have a lot of tablets and the one that currently sees the most use is a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE (I’m a fan of the Samsung mobile devices). I never even bothered to purchase an RT device because I couldn’t see any need for it in the way I work.
    So when my son told me he wanted a tablet for use at college I went through the common decision tree with him. He had recently switched from an Apple iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S4, so he had weaned himself off the Apple ecosystem, but he still gave my 4th generation iPad a chance. Equipped with a Zagg Bluetooth keyboard case it seemed like it would be a good choice for note taking and general scholastic use.

    A few days later he told me that his classmate’s tablets were the same price as an iPad. It turned out that they were all using Windows RT devices. Apparently, the way the school worked really lent itself well to RT and the built-in office apps. Word was the preferred document format, and teaching handouts and collateral materials were distributed as PowerPoint files. Students were expected to turn in presentations and such as PowerPoint documents (hence the Citrix client availability for students who didn’t own the software). While these policies started when the vast majority of students were using laptops or the school’s computers, there hadn’t been any changes since other technologies became commonplace. And with an Enterprise Citrix deployment making access to the required applications possible from just about any device, there isn’t a lot of motivation to make changes.
    I gave my son a brief background on the current status of Windows RT, but he was still interested in trying it out, so off we went to a local store so he could get some face time with a Surface RT tablet. He pulled out a USB drive with his schoolwork, plugged it in, and was able to do everything he needed to do, even on the demo machine at the local store.
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    Windows 8.1


    I'm considering getting an RT tablet eventually. But the only thing available is a lousy Lenovo that only has one MicroUSB port that's also used for charging. And I can't even try it out because the port got damaged and so it can't charge enough to be able to boot.
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    NJ
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    I like the windows 8 tablets, more features and about the same price as the rt
    I have the asus vivio smart tablet running windows 8'and I really like it
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    Windows 7/8


    I really don't see why RT tablets can't be a viable option at some point. Are you really able to anything with the other two OS you can't do with RT? Not really. Yes, for the people hoping to replace a laptop or have a laptop alternative, it's not the best option but a lot of people just want a tablet for simpler. All the articles criticizing Surface RT basically say "people don't buy tablets just to have a tablet." Well, then explain why so many iPads are being sold. Most people aren't really using them for anything functional. Even the people who got one through work, probably spend less than half their use of it doing work. This idea that MS should only be allowed to make full-featured tablets is asinine. Just like everyone else, they should be allowed to make a basic tablet and it could have the same Office document editing app that is now available on Android phones. Even with only minimal PC functionality, a Windows based tablet could be more useful than an iPad.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The equipment and productivity is better in every way. The only lacking aspect is apps. Even that is questionable and subjective. A lot of the reasons people aren't looking at it is because of just being uninformed of it's abilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic98 View Post
    This idea that MS should only be allowed to make full-featured tablets is asinine. Just like everyone else, they should be allowed to make a basic tablet and it could have the same Office document editing app that is now available on Android phones. Even with only minimal PC functionality, a Windows based tablet could be more useful than an iPad.
    Yes, I agree MS is allowed to make whatever they want. The question really is whether people want what they are making. I think that iPad sales versus Surface Sales speaks volumes about what the people want.

    You are right, to the right person, a Windows based tablet "could" be better. On the flip side, to somebody else, the apps available on the Apple store might be exactly what they need to complete their work or task and thus that device might be far better suited to them. For example, if you mix live audio, you might use the iPad app (Yamaha StageMix) to remotely control your Yamaha M7 mixing console, so that you can walk around on the stage with the musicians and mix right from their perspective. You won't find the StageMix App for Windows RT to accomplish the same thing. Thus making the Windows device far less useful to you than an iPad.
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