Microsoft Windows RT

70
Global
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Summary

You're going to see a lot of tablets powered by Windows RT, Microsoft's new lightweight operating system. Our advice: don't buy any of them until Microsoft irons out some early bugs and more apps are available for the OS. Right now, very few apps are available for RT, which looks like Windows 8, but can't run standard Windows applications. Apps that do run on RT perform inconsistently, with some taking advantage of the OS's touch-friendly new Windows user interface, and others, such as the RT version of Microsoft Office, forcing you back into the familiar Windows Desktop. There are even two versions of Internet Explorer, one for the new UI, and one for the Desktop. Windows RT does get some things right; it has better multitasking than you'll find on any other tablet OS, and the new UI, which has been derided as impractical in a desktop environment, feels natural and intuitive on a touch-based device. However, the UI is also available on Windows 8, which can run the millions of applications written for the Windows Desktop environment. Manufacturers are rolling out laptops, desktops and tablets for Windows 8, and that's a much better option for most people. For RT to be a viable mobile OS, more apps need to be built that work seamlessly and effortlessly in the touch-based universe. If and when that happens, you should take another look, and we will too.

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User Reviews

70
basss89
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
80
rainshark
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
andibeka
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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6.2
Average Critic Score

Speed

5.1
 

Openness

3.6
 

Ease of use

7.2
 

Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)

5.2
 

Configurability

7.2
 

How It Stacks Up

52

Engadget

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Critic

54
 

User

48
 
73

Engadget

73
 

Critic

72
 

User

73
 
91

Engadget

91
 

Critic

82
 

User

79
 

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Not yet scored
 

User

94
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Critic

54
 

User

48
 
73

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73
 

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72
 

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73
 
91

Engadget

91
 

Critic

82
 

User

79
 

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Critic

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User

94
 
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