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Microsoft: Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung on board for Windows RT

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 14, 2012
Microsoft today said that Windows RT, the spin-off of Windows 8, has been completed and will power ARM processor-equipped.

It also follows the announcement from Lenovo, the world's second-largest OEM, of a thin, lightweight tablet powered by an Intel processor that runs the more inclusive Windows 8.

"I think this was driven by the Lenovo tablet," said Moorhead, referring to the ThinkPad Tablet 2 introduced last week. "I have a tablet that's less than 10mm thick and claims around 9 hours of battery life, but it's running an Intel processor and Windows 8. So what's the value of Windows RT again, when I can have my cake and eat it too?" Moorhead asked.

Moorhead also said his between-the-lines reading of Angiulo's blog showed Microsoft wants to convince customers that they'll get a more consistent experience with Windows RT hardware than with Windows 8.

"There will be a limited range of display sizes for Windows RT," Moorhead observed, talking about the 10.1-in to 11.6-in. screens Microsoft said it and its OEMs would use.

Angiulo reinforced that by contrasting the limitations of Windows RT with the kitchen sink approach for Windows 8's form factors.

"You can expect to see everything from ultra-thin sleek designs with stunning high-resolution displays, to beautifully designed all-in-one PCs with large immersive displays complete with touch, to high-power towers rocking multiple graphics cards and high-performance storage arrays," Angiulo said of the new OS that runs both tile-style apps and traditional desktop software.

 

 

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