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Things are not looking good for Win RT

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  • fanbaby

    bad news for Win RT.

    Who would buy this thing? Currently, as I see this the only thing going for it is IE10 which is a decent browser. Maybe office, but I heard VBA isn't there. Maybe when more apps will appear.

    IMO, win RT exists to pressure on Intel to come up with x86 chips comparable to ARM faster.

    As much as I hate Microsoft actions (using its patents as a thug) I feel sorry for this thing.

  • JoshRoss

    This thing is pretty fantastic for a Microsoft 1.0 product. It really doesn't have VBA?

    -Josh

  • DCMonkey

    If they'd just called "Windows RT" "Microsoft Surface OS" and completely excised the desktop from it, and made the Windows 8's UI desktop-based with the bullet point "Runs Microsoft Surface Apps", I bet it'd be alot easier to explain to consumers

  • Bass

    I like how Microsoft is calling desktop apps "legacy software". Seems to contract a lot of the stuff I've read on these forums.

  • blowdart

    try pre-ordering. sold out. so, hmm, apparently people will buy it.

  • JoshRoss

    @blowdart: People will also buy empty xbox boxes on eBay, but I'm not going to say that they are trendsetters for doing so.

    It looks really cool. The commercials are really slick. I'm sure the engineering that went into it was impressive. But, I haven't seen a single hands-on review yet. Who in their right mind would buy one, sight unseeen?

    -Josh

  • magicalclick

    The good part about WinRT is the lack of ability to run legacy apps. It is the same appealing feature when buying WinPh7 which lacks the ability to run WinMo6 apps.

    I don't know how much safer is WinRT, but, for average joe, WinRT is a better platform for installing random free apps from the store without worrying much. So yeah, I can see the appeal to it.

     

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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  • Blue Ink

    , fanbaby wrote

    Who would buy this thing? Currently, as I see this the only thing going for it is IE10 which is a decent browser. Maybe office, but I heard VBA isn't there. Maybe when more apps will appear.

    Personally I'll wait for the Pro, mostly for the stylus, but I'm considering to replace my wife's aging notebook + kindle with one of these. Email, browser, social networking, media player, skype, ebook reader and occasionally Office; that covers 100% of what she currently uses in a much sleeker package.

    Lack of certain games could be a deal breaker for a younger audience, but aside of that I cannot think of a single must-have app. What's yours?

  • blowdart

    , JoshRoss wrote

    @blowdart: People will also buy empty xbox boxes on eBay, but I'm not going to say that they are trendsetters for doing so.

    It looks really cool. The commercials are really slick. I'm sure the engineering that went into it was impressive. But, I haven't seen a single hands-on review yet. Who in their right mind would buy one, sight unseeen?

    -Josh

    The same people that queued for the iPad and iPhone? *shrug* Of course I'm just in NEW TOY! geek mode right now.

     

  • JoshRoss

    @blowdart: which one did you get?

  • blowdart

    , JoshRoss wrote

    @blowdart: which one did you get?


    The 32Gb one, and a blue keyboard. If I don't like it, well my mother probably will. If I do like it, then the one we're getting free till go to my mum. I'm thinking Pros for my nephew and niece if they get into uni.

     

  • MasterPi

    @blowdart: Can you buy me one for Christmas? Angel

  • blowdart

    , MasterPie wrote

    @blowdart: Can you buy me one for Christmas? Angel

    No Tongue Out

     

  • Ray7

    , blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    The same people that queued for the iPad and iPhone? *shrug*

    The difference is that the iPad and the iPhone were pretty much torn apart through product leaks for about two months before they landed. The only real surprises left for the Apple kit is how much it will set you back on release day.

    And of course, 'sold out' doesn't really mean anything until we know how many they made. There is an assumption that Apple has sold a boatload of iPhones because the waiting time is getting longer. But does that mean they're selling a lot, or does it mean they're hard to make?

     

     

  • JohnAskew

    The title of this thread is not correct, perhaps it shows only the bias of the poster.

  • spivonious

    From the article in the OP: "For an average user the differences between the pro and RT are slim."

    The average user browses the web and checks email, and maybe plays some casual games like Angry Birds or Solitaire. For them, there really is no difference. I've recommended Windows RT to my wife and she agrees.

    While I do think they need to explicitly say that it cannot run desktop applications, I don't think this is as big of a problem as people think it is.

  • Blue Ink

    @spivonious: what they do say is that you can only install applications you get from the store and that you cannot install stuff on your Windows desktop.

    Sounds explicit enough to me, even though I agree that they could have made it a tad more visible.

    Regardless, we're going to hear how someone's grandma was devastated when she found out she couldn't install her beloved AutoCAD R14. Stay tuned.

     

  • fanbaby

    , spivonious wrote

    From the article in the OP: "For an average user the differences between the pro and RT are slim."

    The average user browses the web and checks email, and maybe plays some casual games like Angry Birds or Solitaire. For them, there really is no difference. I've recommended Windows RT to my wife and she agrees.

    While I do think they need to explicitly say that it cannot run desktop applications, I don't think this is as big of a problem as people think it is.

     

    So an RT tablet is better the android or iPad? How so? Future killer apps?

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