1. Darthbobcat's Avatar
    This is something I've been wondering why Microsoft didn't do ages ago. If anyone can give me a technical/business reason not to, I'm open to being corrected.

    That out of the way, here's my thought: why isn't Windows RT available to download onto existing Android tablets?

    Now that Windows is free on small devices, wouldn't it be awesome/ironic/whatever to be able to go buy, say, a Nexus 7 and get it running Windows RT? Or for Android tablets running Intel chips, full Windows 8.1?

    I can see not wanting people to get used to "buying" free full windows, but RT is essentially dead. Give it away to interested Android parties, sez I.

    The concerns that occur to me are as follows.

    1) A lot of devices with the RAM/storage to run Windows RT might have hardware that doesn't lend itself to the Windows 8 gestures. Those require a fairly large bezel around the screen, which some Android devices might not have.
    2) Firmware. Without the proper firmware, a lot of machines that would get this upgrade might get bricked, which opens us up to...
    3) Liability. You don't win friends and positive customer perception by irrevocably ruining their tablet.

    Is there anything else I'm missing in this equation?
    11-16-2014 10:01 PM
  2. FinancialP's Avatar
    Too many different android tablets to make this viable. Too many configurations.
    Guytronic and a5cent like this.
    11-16-2014 10:04 PM
  3. Guytronic's Avatar
    Too many different android tablets to make this viable. Too many configurations.
    Full Windows 8 tabs are dirt cheap lately also.

    Frankly I don't see a massive future market for tablets on any platform over small screen ultrabooks and phablets.
    Laura Knotek and a5cent like this.
    11-16-2014 11:53 PM
  4. ngoclien0811's Avatar
    If they do this, the device windows phone becomes useless, because users will buy devices running android and android has just run windows phone
    11-18-2014 12:42 AM
  5. Lee Power's Avatar
    Some people refuse to buy / have anything running Android as they don't want anything to do with Google! If I had to ever give up Windows phone I would rather go to Apple then buy any Google data mining device.
    Nicholas Maguire likes this.
    11-18-2014 12:57 AM
  6. ohgood's Avatar
    Some people refuse to buy / have anything running Android as they don't want anything to do with Google! If I had to ever give up Windows phone I would rather go to Apple then buy any Google data mining device.
    those 'some people' are even fewer than the number of people that buy windows phone. keep in mind everything with a cellular chip is data mined by the nsa/fbi/etc....




    I think it would bee a idea to make some Windows version available. would anyone care that has a tablet? I dunno
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-18-2014 01:25 AM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    those 'some people' are even fewer than the number of people that buy windows phone. keep in mind everything with a cellular chip is data mined by the nsa/fbi/etc....




    I think it would bee a idea to make some Windows version available. would anyone care that has a tablet? I dunno
    Full Windows 8 tabs are dirt cheap lately also.

    Frankly I don't see a massive future market for tablets on any platform over small screen ultrabooks and phablets.
    I don't think it would have a high demand, but it might be interesting if the option were available.

    There aren't a lot of people who run desktop Linux, when one looks at the entire PC market, but that option is available if people want to try it. I'm sure there might be folks who'd run a mobile version of Windows 10 on an Android tablet if they could.
    Guytronic likes this.
    11-18-2014 01:31 AM
  8. EMINENT 1's Avatar
    I wouldn't mind a dual boot capable device or W10 mobile capable on any Android. It would open so many possibilities and options for me. Or even vise-versa.

    I actually have to use Android in my car for my Appradio 3. If I could run Android in the car and boot to WP during the day, i'd be in heaven. Actually, if the devs would just port their apps to make mirroring possible and the radar detector app to WP, I could just use WP.

    Neither will likely happen anytime soon.
    11-18-2014 02:01 AM

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