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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Model
8

Key Specs

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
8.1

Key Specs

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed
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