1. biodeena's Avatar
    Can anyone compare Windows 8 tablets with Windows RT tablets?Great confusion here.
    What we can do and can't do?
    01-29-2014 12:17 PM
  2. Nokia Boy's Avatar
    Take a look to this
    Windows 8 vs Windows RT: what's the difference? | News | TechRadar
    Main difference that RT can't run non-windows store apps,the Windows 8 can...
    01-29-2014 12:25 PM
  3. DBDev's Avatar
    The biggest difference is that you can't run normal programs on a RT tablet, just metro-apps
    01-29-2014 12:25 PM
  4. darkest.white's Avatar
    Basically In a very small nutshell, with a windows 8 tablet you can install any program like you always have. Off the internet, files copied from an install cd to USB, anything at all. With rt you can only install apps from the app store. Bit with that you cannot get a virus. And rt has nearly any app the average user will need
    01-29-2014 12:26 PM
  5. biodeena's Avatar
    Can we use RT apps in W8?
    01-29-2014 12:29 PM
  6. DBDev's Avatar
    Can we use RT apps in W8?
    Yes
    01-29-2014 12:43 PM
  7. djgreedo's Avatar
    Think of RT as a *subset* of Windows 8. Full Windows 8 (and 8.1) can run anything a typical Windows PC can - programs from the Internet, off CDs, etc. as well as anything in the Windows Store.

    Windows RT works like an iPad or iPhone - you can only install software from the dedicated store, and this software has certain limitations as to what it can do (which is both good and bad - good because it means that programs can't hard your system/data or reduce performance, but bad because some things aren't possible to do with these kinds of apps).

    Also...which probably is what causes your confusion...Windows RT has the old Windows desktop as well as Microsoft Office. These are 'added bonuses' of Windows RT, but you can't go and add your own downloaded/CD software to the desktop on RT - you can only use the software that came pre-installed on the desktop.



    If you understand how an iPad differs from a PC then you can think of RT as an iPad-like OS (even though it does have a few more capabilities).
    01-30-2014 12:55 AM
  8. biodeena's Avatar
    Which one is better?
    01-30-2014 04:32 AM
  9. Armada's Avatar
    Which one is better?
    That's purely subjective. If you value being able to run legacy Windows programs, full Windows 8 is best. If you want (theoretically) better battery life and only want to use Store apps RT should be fine.

    Personally, at similar prices, I think full Windows 8 is a better value with the new longer lasting Haswell chips.
    01-30-2014 09:49 AM
  10. biodeena's Avatar
    Thank you guys.
    01-30-2014 10:47 AM
  11. phasar's Avatar
    Think of Windows RT as a watered down version of WP8, without the apps.
    02-03-2014 12:06 PM
  12. Agent-P's Avatar
    Think of Windows RT as a watered down version of WP8, without the apps.
    I would argue that WP is a watered down version of RT, but that's completely off topic.
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    02-03-2014 12:13 PM
  13. phasar's Avatar
    Think of RT as a *subset* of Windows 8. Full Windows 8 (and 8.1) can run anything a typical Windows PC can - programs from the Internet, off CDs, etc. as well as anything in the Windows Store.

    Windows RT works like an iPad or iPhone - you can only install software from the dedicated store, and this software has certain limitations as to what it can do (which is both good and bad - good because it means that programs can't hard your system/data or reduce performance, but bad because some things aren't possible to do with these kinds of apps).

    Also...which probably is what causes your confusion...Windows RT has the old Windows desktop as well as Microsoft Office. These are 'added bonuses' of Windows RT, but you can't go and add your own downloaded/CD software to the desktop on RT - you can only use the software that came pre-installed on the desktop.



    If you understand how an iPad differs from a PC then you can think of RT as an iPad-like OS (even though it does have a few more capabilities).

    Not entirely true, the iPad is designed for consumption,mobility and function, with specific apps for almost every need, including productivity. The RT device has limited functions, very few apps, and a disjointed OS.
    02-03-2014 12:34 PM
  14. sonus's Avatar
    Not entirely true, the iPad is designed for consumption,mobility and function, with specific apps for almost every need, including productivity. The RT device has limited functions, very few apps, and a disjointed OS.
    I'll counter your "Not entirely true" with a not at all true. The iPhone and iPad were only designed for consumption and ease of use - apps were originally intended to only be web based! Specific apps for every need including productivity came b/c of iOS's popularity. WinRT was very much more so designed from the outset with consumption, mobility, and function. As to the OS, its only as disjointed as realizing that you have the option to walk or run... to drive a car or ride a bicycle. The OS gives you the option to work in the perfect environment for a desk (traditional windows) or the perfect environment for on the go (metro) - you can choose either as you see fit. How is that disjointed or limited? I would argue being forced to run all the time, or having a device that only allows for mobile use paradigms is more limiting.
    02-03-2014 01:06 PM

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