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Windows RT and Windows 8: What's the difference?

Windows 8 is coming along with Windows RT. But a lot of people don’t know the difference with these two. Some people think that they are the same except that the RT one runs on tablets and on ARM processors. Some people don’t even know what ARM processors are. To make it simple for you guys, ARM processors can be mostly found on the mobile devices and tablets like the iPad, Galaxy phones and Android tablets while the x86 processors are the processors that can be found on desktops and these x86 processors are the Intel Core 2 Duo, i5, AMD A6 and alikes. There are only a few Windows RT tablets that will be available like the Asus Vivo Tab, Samsung ATIV tab and the Microsoft Surface which Microsoft’s biggest bet but sadly, it won’t arrive here in the Philippines. And since we’re talking about the Windows 8 and Windows RT, let’s talk about some of the important differences between the two.

Old apps and games won’t work on Windows RT

So yeah, if you’re thinking of playing your old games such as Ragnarok Online, SimCity or Call of Duty 4. Unfortunately those games and apps will only work on the X86 computers or on the Windows 8.

You can only install apps that came from Microsoft Store

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to install apps that didn’t came from your USB or some torrent sites. The only apps that you can install in Windows RT are the apps that are on Microsoft Store. And sadly, there is only a pinch of apps and games that are available on the Microsoft Store and some of those apps on the Microsoft Store won’t work on the Windows RT.

Windows RT comes with Office 2013 Preview for RT pre-installed
One of the main selling point of the RT tablets is that they’re already pre-installed with Office 2013. Well, it’s not yet the final version but soon, the RT users would be able to get the Final version of Office 2013 RT for free thru Windows Update. But take note guys, there Office 2013 RT doesn’t allow add-ons and it lacks some other features. But hey, I think there are only a few people who use those things.

Goodbye Windows Media Player
If you love Windows Media Player (But I doubt a lot of people love Windows Media Player) then this may be one of the deal breakers. Windows RT comes with apps such as Music and videos in where you can play your media files. I think Microsoft wants us to get use to Windows 8/RT apps. I don’t think of it as a disadvantage since Windows RT devices are mostly tablets and I don’t think that the Windows Media Player is a touch optimized one.

So yeah, these are just some of the limitations of Windows RT. So if you are buying a Windows RT device, you might want to consider some of these things. For me?, Well I’m still drooling for one since I want a tablet that has a very near experience to a desktop. The Windows Ecosystem is great and I think there will be a lot of apps and games would be coming on the Windows RT devices soon. I’m pretty sure that devs would want to develop apps and submit it to Microsoft Store since it’s Windows. Well that’s just my 2 cents.

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