- 10-22-2012, 01:49 PM #1
So I'm excited for the Microsoft Surface coming out. The thing I'm confused about is what is the difference between the RT and Pro versions of the Surface? It seems a few specifications are different. Is the Windows 8 Operating System any different? Is one a watered down version or what exactly? I'm a little confused, thanks for any clarification!
(My girlfriend was talking about getting a iPad today, and I was like nope; Surface! But now we're not sure which one to order for her.)
- 10-22-2012, 01:57 PM #2
Okay, pro is what your used to in regards to using Windows.
RT is everything you have seen that is "Metro" as well as Office. This includes Windows Store apps
So pretty much everything you have seen in videos that shows Metro is on RT
Everything you see in desktop (minus Office) you need Pro. (note: pro can also do RT stuff)
That's the easiest way to put it i believe.
- 10-22-2012, 02:00 PM #3
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- 10-22-2012, 02:56 PM #7
It's more simple than that. Do you / does she want to run any of the applications (with the exception of Microsoft Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word, which are included with Windows RT) that currently run on your Windows 7 or earlier PC?
If so, then you'll want the Surface Pro or any of the other Windows 8 devices that have been announced.
If you don't need any Windows 7 or earlier programs (again with the exception of Microsoft Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word), then the Surface RT or another Windows RT device are perfect for you.
- 10-22-2012, 06:23 PM #11
Here is a simple way to explain it. RT is ARM type processors. Win 8 and Win 8 Pro is for X86 and 64 bit processors with the latter being desktop and laptop models with full is functionality that you get with Win 7 and hardware. For example, I am running Win 8 Pro 64 bit on a Intel I7-2600K with 8 gb DDR3-1600 mem with SSD and hd drives and a 670GTX Nvidia video card on a Gigabyte Z68X mb with a UEFI bios.7CF26B0D
- 10-22-2012, 08:48 PM #16
Its not that simple. There are apps in the Windows Store that currently will not run on RT. In another thread, I was talking about this and there's about 4% of apps that only work on x86/x64 devices (that would be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro devices - including Surface Pro).
- 10-22-2012, 10:07 PM #17
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Windows 8 Pro has 2 main parts. Legacy and RT.
Pro is a full blown laptop replacement. It will tun any Windows program, past or present.
RT is a very specialized and protected part of Windows. It uses very little resources. It only runs Apps from the MS store or other approved store. This keeps it very secure and very protected against viruses.
For RT tablets, the Legacy part isn't there.
Why get RT then? It's cheaper, fast, and lets you not worry about viruses. It also has Microsoft Office. If all you need to do is browse the web, use apps, and use Microsoft Office, it will cover all your needs.
In time, most non-power-hungry programs will likely and up having "app" versions made. But powerful programs like Photoshop will likely be only available on Pro for the next few years.