By Ron Grattopp ….If you’re a consistent follower of this blog, you might remember that I recently did a post around “what you need to know about Windows RT”. The intent of that was to highlight 2 key points that anyone selling Window RT (WinRT) devices should insure their customers know and that is, since it’s built on the ARM platform (architecture), you can’t 1) run x86/64 apps (like all the ones you’ve got on your Windows 7/Vista/XP machines), and 2) by the same token, you can’t install any other current Windows 8 edition (e.g. Pro) on that WinRT device (as a workaround) since they are all x86/64-based as well. Unfortunately (for me) in the discussion of point #2 in the previous post, I used the “u” word to describe the unworkable Win8/Pro/Enterprise install scenario and when taken out of context that term can lead to confusion so the previous post is history. But, I’ve since discovered a review of WinRT that I highly recommend as a read, hence this post. So I’m killing 2 birds, as it were, with this one post: first, I get to refresh the 2 key points above, AND second, I have the opportunity to tell you “the rest of the story” (immortal byline of commentator Paul Harvey). For the rest of the story piece, I’m going to point you to a recent newsletter article by Mark Minasi, a highly respected tech writer and trainer who specializes in Microsoft technology, called: 28 Days Under the Surface: Running Windows RT on Microsoft's New Tablet.
Mark’s article is primarily focused on his experience with his new Surface RT, but it’s also got a LOT of great information about the WinRT OS itself, which would be applicable to any OEM device running on WinRT. I hope you’ll read Mark’s article, BUT, since it’s pretty comprehensive, and includes lot of Surface-specific stuff, I’m also going to give you the Cliff’s Notes version of just the WinRT stuff.
Here’s some of the interesting (IMHO) things Mark points out about Windows RT (all parenthetical elements are mine).
OK, hopefully that’s a reasonable callout of some of the more pertinent things I think you’d want to know about Windows RT. If you read Mark’s article, just remember that he is discussing WinRT in the context of a Microsoft Surface RT device, so be sure to distill out what things are more a function of the hardware design vs OS capability.