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Doug's Mailbag: Understanding the Win RT Strategy

Readers chime in on whether Win RT makes sense:

Windows RT tablets are primarily a consumer offering. Yes, they may play an enterprise role in the BYOD arena. And certainly some businesses will use them for specific non-information worker applications (i.e., point of sale). But they are not intended to be full information worker devices. You want one of those, get an x86 device.

Why would the person needing this type of functionality not have the Pro device? I view RT as more a consumer or non-power user device. Do we know how long the battery life is for Surface Pro? Intel is making great strides in that area and Windows 8 is using as less energy was possible. All this on a free version of the software.

I am soooooo tired of bloggers repeating the same lame bull*** about the differences between Win RT and Windows 8. So, for the absolute last time:

  1. Windows RT tablets are for CONSUMERS, just like the iPad, and anything associated with it is for CONSUMERS.
  2. Windows 8 tablets (you know, the one with the built-in keyboard) are for enterprises/businesses.

So does Office 2013 that is designed to work on Windows RT need VBA, macros or third party plug-ins for consumers who make spreadsheets to balance their checkbook, write their mother or their grandmother a rare letter or make-up a birthday card really going to miss those features? Absolutely not.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 08/10/2012 at 1:19 PM

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