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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.
-Hal

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.
-THEKMAN58

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.
-Anonymous

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


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