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  • I like the name! No change needed!

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  • The name should go. Thats it.

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  • Completly rebrand.

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  1. shn'g's Avatar
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    I have read many articles lately saying that windows RT should be killed. I know for me and other fans of it that would be a huge let down. I just read an article talking about just a renaming would help. I agree with this. I think most of the people who bought surface RT knew exactly what it was but to others it is just confusing. I always thought they should have just named it something like windows lite so it would distinguish between the two OS's. Now with the update called "blue" I actually think this could have been an amazing name for to.

    IMO almost anything other than RT would have been better. So I think that instead of scrapping windows RT a rebranding is in order and a better educating as to what exactly it is (and possibly more minimalistic OS to show off distinctions in the two.
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    IMO the name doesn't really matter. Most complaints I have seen are about how it will not the desktop apps they want to run and no matter the name that will still exist. Windows "blue" will be unifying the different OS's and this is the true "fix" IMO.
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    Obviously it needs one. RT does not define Windows on ARM...
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    I think windows 9 will combine wp9 and windows rt will go away.
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    I agree that the name is confusing and non-descript. I think they should re-name it to something like Surface. Yes, I know that's the name of the tablet but I think standardizing their mobile efforts on that Surface name creates some separation from Windows which I know Ballmer wouldn't like but it would help set those expectations, that it's from Microsoft but it's not necessarily full blown Windows. Plus the Surface name is pretty cool and Windows, for some people, has negative connotations. (Even Windows Surface would be better if the Windows part has to stick around)

    While they're at it, the Phone OS should be also be renamed to Surface IMO. Windows Phone just sounds clunky and is easily confused with Windows Mobile although that becomes less of an issue as time passes.
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    Windows is a brand everyone knows, it doesn't make sense to abandon a well known brand name for one that no one knows IMO. MS has spent practicly their entire existence to the Windows brand and that name is synonymous with them.
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    But I like saying Surface RT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narse77 View Post
    Windows is a brand everyone knows, it doesn't make sense to abandon a well known brand name for one that no one knows IMO. MS has spent practicly their entire existence to the Windows brand and that name is synonymous with them.
    Agreed but not everyone has a positive impression of Windows and/or Microsoft so in some cases it works against them. A lot of people have an irrational dislike of MS/Windows. But as you say they have invested a lot in it. I think Windows Surface would work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forked View Post
    Agreed but not everyone has a positive impression of Windows and/or Microsoft so in some cases it works against them. A lot of people have an irrational dislike of MS/Windows. But as you say they have invested a lot in it. I think Windows Surface would work well.
    Bad press is better than no press the old saying goes :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by wpward291 View Post
    I think windows 9 will combine wp9 and windows rt will go away.
    You mean the name or RT would be gone for good?.... its too bad if Microsoft doesn't stick with the arm business, unless Intel can double there battery life within a year there is still a want for this type of device.
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    should have made the name WIndows 8 Pure and for x86 called it Windows 8 Heritage or Legacy. It would strongly communicate that Microsoft is moving on and people need to GTFO legacy desktop apps.
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    It should have been a variation of Windows 8, since the interfaces are indistinguishable. But it would be stupid to change now, just as it was stupid to change the name of Metro. Which means they probably will change it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wpward291 View Post
    I think windows 9 will combine wp9 and windows rt will go away.
    Sorry but that is probably not even a consideration. There will be a Windows 9 or other name with x86 legacy support, Windows RT, and WP. They are not going to merge the naming since the ARM version will never be x86 compatible. I also expect RT as a name will be around for at least a few years since changing names on a new product line so quickly is akin product suicide. The most I expect is some version modifier to define second generation, third generation, etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen_az View Post
    Sorry but that is probably not even a consideration. There will be a Windows 9 or other name with x86 legacy support, Windows RT, and WP. They are not going to merge the naming since the ARM version will never be x86 compatible. I also expect RT as a name will be around for at least a few years since changing names on a new product line so quickly is akin product suicide. The most I expect is some version modifier to define second generation, third generation, etc....
    yeah this is a better option actually. It would be a way to kind of hide RT or at least fade it into the background. Maybe the next version will be Surface 360 . lol
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    Ok so I'm not the smartest guy out there but every windows iteration is different, there's regular pro enterprise what makes people think Rt isn't different? If people are too dumb to do research on there equipment that they purchase before hand then they deserve to be disappointed in everyway. Just the shear fact of blindly buying something is proving how idiotic the human race is. I for one like the Rt name. It does signal a difference than pro. It doesn't matter if its called lite or what have you. And I also think they made a smart move with two os versions for tablets. BUT the hardest part is going to keep the Rt priced low enough below the pros to make a difference. All the rt is is change and that is what most people are gripping over. Sorry people irritate me.
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    Did I read somewhere that winRT is available for download now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by calfee20 View Post
    Did I read somewhere that winRT is available for download now?
    Wimdows RT and WinRT are not the same thing.
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    I think the name is fine. We just need to be patient.
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    I don't really see any issue with the name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroplanetz View Post
    Ok so I'm not the smartest guy out there but every windows iteration is different, there's regular pro enterprise what makes people think Rt isn't different? If people are too dumb to do research on there equipment that they purchase before hand then they deserve to be disappointed in everyway. Just the shear fact of blindly buying something is proving how idiotic the human race is. I for one like the Rt name. It does signal a difference than pro. It doesn't matter if its called lite or what have you. And I also think they made a smart move with two os versions for tablets. BUT the hardest part is going to keep the Rt priced low enough below the pros to make a difference. All the rt is is change and that is what most people are gripping over. Sorry people irritate me.
    I can see your point, and its true people should look into things before buying them! ... but there are those people out there and there are ones who are still not getting RT (could also be because they really aren't looking hard enough or don't want to). So I do think a different name could have maybe peaked a few more peoples interest. Do I really care what the name is? Absolutely not, because the product is amazing! But what it comes down to is I don't want to see the RT brand die because of a name or it not being distinct enough from full blown windows
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    "Surface Mini"?.... no but seriously folks...I'm fine with the name. Surface defines the device and we'll probably shorten that to "RT" or "Pro" anyway, depending on which one you have. There was perhaps some confusion at launch but I think anyone who has considered a tablet in the last three months would know the difference. While we're on the subject...anyone know what the "RT" stands for? "Radical Tablet" perhaps?
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    Windows Slate. Please. It makes so much more sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theta_orionis View Post
    "Surface Mini"?.... no but seriously folks...I'm fine with the name. Surface defines the device and we'll probably shorten that to "RT" or "Pro" anyway, depending on which one you have. There was perhaps some confusion at launch but I think anyone who has considered a tablet in the last three months would know the difference. While we're on the subject...anyone know what the "RT" stands for? "Radical Tablet" perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plmn View Post
    It should have been a variation of Windows 8, since the interfaces are indistinguishable. But it would be stupid to change now, just as it was stupid to change the name of Metro. Which means they probably will change it.
    they had to change the name of metro due to a lawsuit from a company disallowing them to use the term metro
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    I liked my idea of changing Windows all together. Mosaic, no desktop, for tablets and the Windows 8 with Mosaic for legacy versions. Or since they love Windows, RT just becomes Windows Mosaic.
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