Windows RT or Windows 8 What to choose when buying Surface Tablet

By Mahesh Chand Oct 19, 2012
Windows RT or Windows 8. What to choose when buying Surface Tablet?

Microsoft Surface is ready to hit the stores on Oct 26 but I see people are still confused about Windows 8 and Windows RT. And I don’t blame them. I was confused myself until I got this new MSDN magazine issue and it cleared up the differences for me.

So what are differences between the two?

So let’s take a look at what Windows RT has to offer:

  • New customizable and easy-to-use interface
  • Built-in apps like Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive with many more apps available in the Windows Store.
  • Internet Explorer 10, for fast, intuitive browsing.
  • Touch-enabled so you can interact with Windows in a whole new way.
  • Mouse and keyboard–enabled so you can be as productive as you need to be.
  • Windows Update and Windows Defender are always on and up to date making your PC more secure.
  • Device encryption provides advanced data protection to help keep your information secure.
  • The PC can turn on instantly with connected standby.
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview

Windows 8 is a superset of Windows RT with these additional features:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Creating HomeGroup

Mahesh Chand
Mahesh Chand

C# Corner founder, 10-times Microsoft MVP, technical author, and software architect. Mahesh authored his first book, A Programmer’s Guide to ADO.NET in C# with APress at the age of 25. C# Corner is a memb... Read more