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7 Things You Should Know About Windows 8 Tablets 2013


RT Windows or Windows 8?

Microsoft developed Windows RT mainly for touch technology, Internet connectivity and a long battery life and many tablets exploited the most of these features. RT Windows is an operating system for tablets which keeps track of Apple’s iOS, while the tablets with Windows 8 are intended for those PC users who are looking for applications for backward compatibility.

Application Compatibility

With few exceptions, the current Windows desktop applications will not run on RT but only on Windows 8. This is because ARM processors have never had to support desktop applications, which instead were primarily designed for Intel or AMD. The new app for Windows RT and Windows 8 are available only through the Windows Store.

Compatibility of accessories and peripherals with RT

The lack of drivers may cause some older devices, such as printers or cameras, not to work with RT, but this does not mean that your device will no longer work. It is worthwhile to check the manufacturer’s website for Windows RT drivers. Dell and HP have released compatibility lists for their printers.

Memory limits

RT is a Windows 32-bit system, so the tablet running on this operating system requires only 4 GB of RAM. Windows 8 in the tablet with Clover Trail Atom chip, Intel will also be a 32-bit system. However, the tablet processors similar to Intel’s have a version of Windows 8 64-bit and may need more RAM and more space. Presently, with 32-bit systems, the tablets are configured properly, but given the increasing use of complex applications, the need for space and memory is inevitable. ARM has made a big step forward by announcing its architecture ARMv8 64bit chip that will be released in 2014. Windows has so far not announced plans for Windows 64bit RT.

Options for ARM processors

Tablets with Windows RT have already been with Nvidia and Qualcomm chips based on ARM processors. Microsoft’s Surface, Asus VivoTab RT and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 use the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 might attract video game fan, always looking for speed and performance. Ativ Tab from Samsung and Dell XPS 10 run on Snapdragon S4, the dual-core processor from Qualcomm, which balances good performance, good battery life and good connectivity.

Hardware limits

PC Tablets with Windows RT use only USB 2.0 ports. However, backward compatibility allows the devices, such as external memory devices with USB 3.0 ports to connect to the tablet with RT. As described above, however, these devices will only work if they are compatible with Windows RT. Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors have USB 3.0 ports available.

Business features

Dell and Samsung have highlighted features for the business world. Dell XPS 10 tablet can be turned off remotely in the event of loss or theft, and updates can be sent directly to the tablet. Dell has also included some security features such as TPM, a technology authentication and hardware-based encryption.

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