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Hands on with Windows RT (finally)

  1. #11


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    I guess by full suite, I meant it's more, feature complete versus using the Office Web Apps. There functions are mainly there, minus a few apps. My bad...

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Its not you Cokie, its just that I see it advertised as "Comes with Office Preinstalled" as a selling feature. After you read the fine print(if its there) you find out its just a select few of the office apps. When I see somebody say "its the full office suite" I have a hard time letting it go. Many because you can't upgrade that version (not yet anyway) to the full suite even if you wanted to. The off the shelf version that you can buy won't install on an RT anyway. At least with a netbook that came with office starter, you could install your own copy and get full use. RT is pretty well locked down to Metro apps and what ever Microsoft Software they decide to port over to run on it. I'm really wanting to get a tablet but my budget is really limited. I've been reading up on the RT and the more I read the less I think I want one. I just have that feeling that if I buy one I'm going to regret it and wish I hadn't bought something else with full Windows (on Intel or AMD) support. Something that will run all my programs and maybe some of my games. Its going to be interesting to see what the price difference between the two types of tablets, RT versus Windows on Intel or AMD ends up being.
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  3. #13


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    If you're going to be needing all of your programs to run on a budget, Intel Atom based tablets could work. Budget friendly, Desktopping, and MAYBE a few games. The best I've tried on an Atom processor was the first generation chip that was able to play Halo 1. But I don't know about the latest generation Atom chips. They do seem promising.

    If AMD gets their poop in a group and get the APU chips used by OEMs, their latest Trinity APU and later incarnations will be budget friendly and graphically competent, which by the way, would be better than Intel on the Windows 8 front as ALL the metro apps as well as recently with Desktop apps are all handled by the GPU. AMD's APU lineup beats its Intel counterpart in the stock graphics department hands down.

    WinRT right now isn't a huge market as of now. But it seems more like Microsoft got into ARM based software because at least they can make some headway into it going in the future.
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  4. #14


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    I'm very AMD loyal so it will be interesting to see what they offer up. I'm in no big hurry to buy so I've got lots of time to wait and see what shows up once Windows 8 finally goes public. I'm not so much interested in Windows 8 as I am the new devices that will show up. One of those ASUS hybrids with the detachable keyboard dock would be nice. lol, I might be able to afford one if I can buy the dock as a separate purchase.
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  5. #15


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    I don't get it. Those videos showed nothing you can't do on Windows RT that you can on Windows 8. So how is it a limitation?
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  6. #16


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    The limitation is that none of your current Windows software will run on it. Try installing Microsoft Student Encarta, or Streets + Trips, not going to work. Want to try one of your games? Sorry but you can't get there from here.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The limitation is that none of your current Windows software will run on it. Try installing Microsoft Student Encarta, or Streets + Trips, not going to work. Want to try one of your games? Sorry but you can't get there from here.
    A Surface RT will work fine for me as I need something for just content like internet, email, news apps the odd game etc. Something I can just relax on the couch with, I currently use my Windows Phone but it's killer on the eyes after a while. It'll also come in handy on my business trips on the plane without having to pull out my ultra book which is big in todays cramped planes. For anything more than that I'll just use my laptop with 8 on it, unless I decide to replace it with a Surface Pro next year. My wife has been talking about getting an RT device also. The Surface RT is basically like an iPad except better because it isn't an iPad or Apple device.
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  8. #18


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    Yes, it all depends on what you need or want. I'm sure they will sell. Hopefully people do their research so they know exactly what they are buying. More than likely there will be some that buy it thinking its a regular Windows PC and end up disappointed.
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