Posts Tagged ‘Windows RT’

When Microsoft first announced Windows 8 – along with Windows RT – the software giant made song and dance of the fact that their latest operating system had a smaller footprint compared to previous iterations of Windows. While that’s true to some extent, the major problem with Windows still remains, it becomes sluggish after extended period of usage.

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It’s often the case that tech companies use the announcements of a rival to plug a new product or service, and on a day that will see Apple announce its new iPad(s), Mac Pro and more, Nokia has taken the opportunity to showcase its first tablet, which it has named the Lumia 2520. Costing $499 and running on Windows RT 8.1, it is built for the masses, and with a sleek design similar to many of the Finnish outfit’s smartphones, also arrives with a keyboard-enabled smart cover.

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Last week, Windows 8.1 made its debut right on cue, but for those in ownership of the Surface RT – admittedly few, judging by Microsoft’s own official numbers – as well as other Win RT-based devices, updating the latest version was a bit of a struggle. There was a workaround available for those who didn’t want to wait for an official fix that we covered here at Redmond Pie, but now, Microsoft has begun distributing a recovery image for Windows 8.1 RT.

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As soon as I am done getting this news to you, I am heading out to the nearest Staples store. Oh wait – that’s not really needed until July 14, because that’s when the pricing for all Surface RT models is being cut by $150.

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Microsoft’s Surface RT is a thing of beauty, and that comes from personal experience. The tablet is solidly built, with amazing externals and powerful hardware inside. The display on the Surface RT tablet, too, is stellar, and puts to shame many in the competing arena. That said, the only proper limitation that comes packaged with the tablet, is its inherent ability to run only ARM applications. In other words, you can forget all your legacy x86 apps and remain stuck with only those that Microsoft has approved, and is selling through, the Windows Store. This restriction is not limited only to the Surface RT tablet, either; all Windows RT tablets suffer the same dilemma, and for those users that are looking for an alternative solution, the choice lies in opting for either the much-pricier Surface Pro, or any other Windows 8 Pro-based tablet.

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Microsoft has today outlined its plans to help Windows 8 and Windows RT compete with the well established competition. That plan appears to involve leveraging the Xbox gaming platform, and who can blame them?

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With Windows 8, Microsoft took some rather bold and unprecedented steps. The RT version of the operating system, found on the company’s Surface tablet (and perhaps, soon to land of similar offerings from a plethora of other manufacturers), enabled the software giant to enter a market that was previously dominated by Apple’s iPad and various-manufacturers’ Android-based tablets. Judging by the response that Surface has received from the consumer population, Microsoft’s entry in this niche seems to be playing out well as of yet. The good thing is that the RT version of Windows doesn’t suffer from a serious lack of apps, considering as how a lot of legacy apps are becoming available in their Modern UI versions for the platform. Things do seem to be headed in the right direction.

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There is a lot of fuss being made in the tablet industry at the moment, centering around the pros and cons of the most well-known tablets on the market and which piece of hardware will reign supreme in the race to be king of the slates. Contenders include the Apple iPad, the Microsoft Surface, the ASUS Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 manufactured by Samsung. They are all extremely capable options, but look past their feature sets and you will ultimately find that they all have a similar set of issues that affect our user experience. If you happen to have opted for the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, then the discoveries of one individual could go some way to eradicating any touch-screen responsiveness issues you may have been facing.

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A couple of days back, we reported on the news that a dev by the name of “clrokr” had discovered a jailbreak, which allowed the Windows RT operating system to run unsigned, ARM-based desktop apps. No more than a few hours later, the Redmond company responded to assure owners of RT tablets that there was no imminent security threat, and that a patch would be available within a couple of days. To add an interesting twist to proceedings, though, another developer has chimed in with a tool making the jailbreaking process one of automated ease, and as is nearly always the case with Windows Phone / Android modding breakthroughs, this one arrives courtesy of XDA-Developers.

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This past Monday, we reported on a jailbreak for Windows RT that allowed it to run apps available outside of Microsoft’s Windows Store. The Redmond company has now come out, not to condemn the jailbreak, instead simply to confirm that it poses no security threat.

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It would appear as though the modding community of everything Windows would have something to cheer about this week. That is because security researcher clrokr looks to have discovered a way to get desktop apps up and running on Microsoft’s ARM-based OS. Within Windows RT’s code, there’s a particular setting which prevents ARM-based desktop apps besides the Redmond company’s stock offerings, but clrokr has snuffed it out, and has, in short, paved the way for the running of unsigned desktop apps.

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They do always say that no press is bad press and considering all of the internet chatter that has surrounded Instagram recently over their flip-flopping terms of service, it would seem that there is no better time to discuss the new Piktr Instagram client that has just landed on the Windows Store. Piktr is obviously a third-party development project and although it doesn’t come from Instagram or Facebook themselves, it is a fairly comprehensive and modern offering that should fill the void that exists for those mostly happy and content Windows 8 / RT users out there.

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