How do you choose between the Windows 8 tablet and the Windows RT (RT is short for Runtime) tablet? Check out what each has to offer and then make your decision.
According to Microsoft all Windows 8 and Windows RT machines are considered “tablet PCs,” which means they are tablets that can work like PCs. Both are sleek and lightweight. Windows 8 is a bit heavier and thicker (13.5 mm, 2.0 lbs.) than Windows RT (is lighter and thinner (9.30 mm, 1.5 lbs.) but both are extremely portable.
However, their main difference lies in their operating hardware.
Windows 8: Classic mode
Windows 8 gives you the best of both worlds. It's been designed to run on classic x86/x64 machines with AMD or Intel Core, (x64 is the older system while the x86 or 320 bit is newer and lighter). This means it can still talk to older programs and is able to run “legacy” software such as Windows 7. Your current version of Office and other software will be compatible with Windows 8 but you’ll also be able to download newer versions from the Windows Store Apps. This tablet is a great choice for those eager to learn the new world of Windows 8 without leaving familiar favourites behind.
The Windows 8 screen will have the new Windows 8 Metro interface but can also flip to the traditional desktop from Windows 7. New features include an updated Windows Explorer, better Task Manager and stronger multi-monitor support. The Windows 8 Pro edition has added features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity.
Windows 8 allows other search engines such as Firefox to function so downloading and sharing content, including photos, links, contacts and documents, is seamless and fast. You'll enjoy the responsive touch screen as well. A great tablet for all ages.
Windows RT: Modern mode
Windows RT tablets are the new kid on the block and introduce a completely new operating system: ARM (or WOA). This 32-bit system-based system uses only 35,000 transistors to run rather than the millions used for an x64-bit system. Since it needs less space, ARM uses less power so can run longer. The Windows RT gives you eight hours of battery life.
This is the tablet for a complete transition to Windows 8; Windows RT won't run any pre-Windows 8 software. You'll have to upgrade programs using only Windows Store Apps. To make up for the fact that Windows 7 Office won't work, Windows RT comes loaded with new Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview.
This tablet keeps you connected to the cloud at all times, saving power and doing instant updates for apps so you have the latest versions, updates and fixes without having to do them manually. Security has also been beefed up with the ability to encrypt the actual device.
Other items that have been replaced are the Windows Media and Storage Spaces. IE10 becomes the principle search engine providing the best speed and stability for this tablet while other third-party search engines (Firefox and Safari) won’t work as well.
Windows 8 and Windows RT each run the new Metro interface with the difference being that Windows 8 can also have the traditional Desktop.
Both come equipped with Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music Video, and Games; as well as multiple language support. Both have crisp graphics, brilliant colour and a wide, responsive touch screen.
If you need to upgrade your apps and to flip completely to Windows 8 then Windows RT is the best choice. If you want more operating power and to keep using older software while transitioning to the new, then the Windows 8 is the way to go.