As the first batch of SP3s (Surface Pro 3s) were shipped into the hands of eager fans and enthusiasts over this weekend, Windows RT seems to have been forgotten in the conversation. The SP3 has achieved many of the advantages the first generation Surface RT held including long battery life, a somewhat lower price point, and a superior form factor. A peruse back down memory lane to the Sinofsky era at Microsoft reminds us the that Windows RT was met with resistance from the very beginning. First, the naming of Windows on ARM to Windows RT was universally panned by technology media and technology enthusiasts alike. To make matters worse Windows 8’s platform architecture was named WinRT (Windows Runtime). The two similar names also caused a great deal of confusion. It’s a running joke that the naming of Windows RT is among the reasons Sinofsky was fired. The hardware also proved to be problematic ...

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Yesterday we reported on new rumors regarding Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Autumn Update) and Windows 9. Russian leaker WZOR has asserted that Windows 8.2 is likely to be released this fall. Mary Jo Foley says she has independently heard it may be released as early as August (2014). Previous to Windows 8.1, Microsoft typically took three years to release the next version of Windows. The exception to this was Windows Vista. It took nearly 5 years after the initial release of Windows XP until Windows Vista came out. Of course the issue is slightly more nuanced, Windows XP SP2 could have considered a new version of Windows and Project Longhorn was scrapped and Windows Vista was written in about 2.5 years. Between Windows Vista to Windows 7 to Windows 8 about three years passed between each OS. Windows 8.1 was released about one year after Windows ...

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Outlook 2013 RT for Windows RT 8.1 Preview is now available, download it: here! Outlook 2013 RT, in your enterprise Windows RT 8 and Windows RT 8.1 Preview ship with Office Home & Student. If your organization also purchased commercial use rights or has a commercial license to Office 2013 suites that include Outlook, your users can use Outlook 2013 RT to get to business on their RT devices too. Here is a breakdown of some of the limitations, as expected: Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 mailbox accounts Outlook 2013 RT can connect to your organization’s Exchange Server 2007, 2010, or 2013 as long as the Autodiscover service is configured. However, Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t support these Microsoft Exchange features: Online Archive or Personal Archive mailboxes Applying Messaging Records Management (MRM) retention policies Site Mailboxes Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policy tips VBA and COM Add-ins Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t run macros, ...

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Reseller.co.nz reports that Microsoft is working with ARM to bring Windows support to ARM’s new 64 bit architecture. The news courtesy of Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM.  He did not however say when this 64 bit OS will show up on ARM’s chips. ARM has just announced its first 64-bit processor designs, Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53, which are based on ARM’s Armv8 architecture. ARM said that it expects servers and mobile devices based on the processors to reach the market in 2014. Nvidia is developing a processor core based on ARM’s 64-bit architecture under the code-name Project Denver. A Qualcomm spokeswoman said the company cannot comment at this time on specific product plans. Windows RT, which runs on ARM, is currently limited to 32 bits, unlike the desktop x86 Windows 8, which has no problem with both 32 and 64 bit chipsets. While it will be some time before these ...

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According to industry sage Eldar Murtazin HTC is working on a Qualcomm-powered Windows 8 tablet.  The predominantly Android company is already producing Android tablets, and is also rumoured to be set to unveil an Intel-powered Android device early next year. HTC has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and have already produced a Windows-powered netbook, the HTC Shift. Windows 8 ARM-powered tablets will not be able to run x86 desktop applications, but may have a version of Microsoft’s Office suite ported to it. Via Intomobile and BGR.com ...

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The Samsung tablet Microsoft handed out to developers at BUILD 2 days ago ran on an Intel Core i5 processor, and so far not much has been seen live of Windows 8 running on ARM. Thisismynext managed to catch a demo of Windows 8 running on Nvidia’s reference tablet running on a quad-core Kal-El processor and found that the performance was quite comparable to Intel’s Core i5 chip, at least when it came to the smoothness of the user interface. ARM devices are expected to run a lot cooler and last significantly longer than x86 chipset devices, at the expense of backward compatibility with legacy applications. Via thisismynext.com ...

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Intel’s Renée James has expounded more on Windows 8 and its relations to the chipsets and processors it will run on. "Windows 8 traditional", she said, will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy" x86-based Windows apps via a "Windows 7 mode" whereas "on ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS." However while x86 Windows 8 devices will be able to partake of the “new mobile experience” while still having access to legacy apps, ARM devices will not. "We will also be able to run that [new] experience. So for an Intel user, we’ll kind of have the best of both worlds. So we think we’re extraordinarily well-positioned in Windows 8." "… our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 ...

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The big mystery of how Windows 8 on ARM will maintain backwards compatibility with the massive legacy of Windows x86 applications has been answered – if we believe Intel it wont. Microsoft is currently developing Windows 8 for both Intel and the cheaper and lower-power ARM-based chipsets, and demonstrated both Windows and Word running on ARM chips earlier this year. Windows 8 on ARM will be targeted primarily at tablets, where power consumption is at a premium, but many have questioned the reason for porting Windows to ARM, when Microsoft already had Windows Embedded Compact 7 running on the chipset.  Application compatibility was assumed to be the main reason, but this left the mystery of how compatibility would be achieved. At Intel’s investor day today, Renee James, General Manager of the Software and Services & Group said they were working with Microsoft on both traditional Windows 8 for PCs running ...

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            At CeBIT last week, ITProPortal spoke with many Taiwanese component manufacturers on their plans regarding Windows 8. The response from them were mostly positive for Microsoft as all of them are ready to explore Windows 8 based ARM offerings such as  laptops, tablets,etc,. Its interesting to note that most of the people they spoke were also a long time Intel and AMD partners. Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 on ARM based architecture in early 2012. For more details hit the source link. Source: ITProPortal ...

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