Windows RT shown running on Texas Instruments-based tablet

Texas Instruments is one of three ARM-based processor makers who claim we will see products with their chips inside running on Windows RT, also known as Windows 8 ARM (NVIDIA and Qualcomm are the other two). This week during Computex, The Verge reports that TI showed off Windows RT-based tablets running on one of its dual-core processors.

Unfortunately, it looks like TI is still working on getting Windows RT to run smoothly on its chips. The article states that TI would not allow anyone to touch or take video of their prototype tablets. Furthermore, it says that when a TI rep tried to launch a demo of the product, there were "glitches" in the presentation that would seem to indicate that Windows RT is still in its early stages.

Despite all of this, TI seems to believe that Windows RT products running on its hardware will in fact be ready for the official launch of the OS sometime later in 2012. This is certainly new territory for Microsoft in terms of a version of Windows supporting something other than x86 processors. Intel has already claimed that over 20 tablets based on Windows 8 are in the works that are based on versions of Intel's chips.

Source: The Verge | Image via The Verge

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"This is certainly new territory for Microsoft in terms of a version of Windows supporting something other than x86 processors."

No, it's not. Versions of Windows have been released on Itanium, PowerPC, and Alpha...

ahodes1 said,
"This is certainly new territory for Microsoft in terms of a version of Windows supporting something other than x86 processors."

No, it's not. Versions of Windows have been released on Itanium, PowerPC, and Alpha...


Windows Embedded already ran on ARM too!

Well, just like Intel and AMD, there will be winners and losers for ARM chips as well. Snapdragon has been showing some pretty amazing Windows RT performance.

all I know is that why if windows changed the win logo they are still running it on the phones and tablets. I like the new logo I hope the new logo is put in place with the newer tablets and phones.

I am kinda feeling shaky about Windows RT on ARM based chips. Kinda underwhelming, hardware looks good, but stability seems to be an issue on the hardware side. At this stage of development, I was hoping for a bit a more stability. Considering that when these launch, they will be first gen devices (spend your and money at your own risk). I seriously would wait until at least second generation, but the Office 15 bundle makes it such an enticing offer.

Has anyone else thought that it's kinda weird how the Windows logo changed with Windows 8, but all the main buttons on all the devices are still the old logo?

osm0sis said,
Has anyone else thought that it's kinda weird how the Windows logo changed with Windows 8, but all the main buttons on all the devices are still the old logo?

That is because they are prototypes, not production devices and were most likely created prior to the unveiling of the new logo.

osm0sis said,
Has anyone else thought that it's kinda weird how the Windows logo changed with Windows 8, but all the main buttons on all the devices are still the old logo?

The whole Windows 8 experiences makes a nonsense, first is the Metro Menu is big and childish, where Microsoft claims that it is perfect for a touch device, however, Windows8 also feature Ribbon Bar that it is pretty unusable for a touch devices.

So, Windows 8 is a bad hybrid, between Metro UI, Windows 7 Interface and Office 2010.

Magallanes said,

The whole Windows 8 experiences makes a nonsense, first is the Metro Menu is big and childish, where Microsoft claims that it is perfect for a touch device, however, Windows8 also feature Ribbon Bar that it is pretty unusable for a touch devices.

So, Windows 8 is a bad hybrid, between Metro UI, Windows 7 Interface and Office 2010.

Win95 was called dumbed down and gaudy, WinXP was called toylike, fisherprice UI, crayons.

Seriously, this is the best you have to rant on? In a few years, you won't even remember hating Windows 8.

Yeah but this is the most dumbed down version of any OS that we've ever seen. For goodness sakes its a compilation of squares on a screen. Atleast in XP the UI changes were very minimal and did not have this much of an impact on the performance of the OS. How can any tech savvy person even praise this UI, its not efficient, if the mouse has to move largest distances to perform a simple task. (closing a window, dragging it to the the bottom of the screen) Its funny how in all their commercials you barely see the person using it on a normal computer, not a hybrid or a tablet: because thats their focus now. They are basically too lazy to make a seperate OS for desktop and for a tablet so they merged the two OS's together comprisiming the success of both OS's platform versions. (i.e. metro sucks on desktop, ribbon UI on explorer, taskbar still present) Basically what they did was make a few upgrades to windows 7, called in the division that worked on the tablet OS at the last minute (obviously what its what it seems like) and put it on one OS called Windows 8. Why should any who owns a desktop or laptop upgrade to a OS which focus is on use on a tablet. It does not make any sense.

thenetavenger said,

Win95 was called dumbed down and gaudy, WinXP was called toylike, fisherprice UI, crayons.

Seriously, this is the best you have to rant on? In a few years, you won't even remember hating Windows 8.

I know this article has nothing to do with Windows 8 vs pervious versions of Windows, but I was holding it in and just had to finally say what I think. Sorry for the grammer mistakes, I was too annoyed and had to finish my rant.

yazb123 said,
Yeah but this is the most dumbed down version of any OS that we've ever seen. For goodness sakes its a compilation of squares on a screen. Atleast in XP the UI changes were very minimal and did not have this much of an impact on the performance of the OS. How can any tech savvy person even praise this UI, its not efficient, if the mouse has to move largest distances to perform a simple task. (closing a window, dragging it to the the bottom of the screen) Its funny how in all their commercials you barely see the person using it on a normal computer, not a hybrid or a tablet: because thats their focus now. They are basically too lazy to make a seperate OS for desktop and for a tablet so they merged the two OS's together comprisiming the success of both OS's platform versions. (i.e. metro sucks on desktop, ribbon UI on explorer, taskbar still present) Basically what they did was make a few upgrades to windows 7, called in the division that worked on the tablet OS at the last minute (obviously what its what it seems like) and put it on one OS called Windows 8. Why should any who owns a desktop or laptop upgrade to a OS which focus is on use on a tablet. It does not make any sense.

yazb123 said,
Yeah but this is the most dumbed down version of any OS that we've ever seen. For goodness sakes its a compilation of squares on a screen. Atleast in XP the UI changes were very minimal and did not have this much of an impact on the performance of the OS. How can any tech savvy person even praise this UI, its not efficient, if the mouse has to move largest distances to perform a simple task. (closing a window, dragging it to the the bottom of the screen) Its funny how in all their commercials you barely see the person using it on a normal computer, not a hybrid or a tablet: because thats their focus now. They are basically too lazy to make a seperate OS for desktop and for a tablet so they merged the two OS's together comprisiming the success of both OS's platform versions. (i.e. metro sucks on desktop, ribbon UI on explorer, taskbar still present) Basically what they did was make a few upgrades to windows 7, called in the division that worked on the tablet OS at the last minute (obviously what its what it seems like) and put it on one OS called Windows 8. Why should any who owns a desktop or laptop upgrade to a OS which focus is on use on a tablet. It does not make any sense.

Remember Win98 or WinME for that matter. you started with a blank screen and grey squared UI. In WinXP you start with this grass hill, a blue bar and a weird looking green button... thats pretty much as big as the UI change from Win3.1 to Win95....

Dot Matrix said,
When I think of Texas Instruments, I think of the graphing calculators I used in high school...

I used to own a Texas Instruments laptop... but they sold that division to Acer in 1997.

Dot Matrix said,
When I think of Texas Instruments, I think of the graphing calculators I used in high school...
Like the TI 30XIIS/B in Algebra I and Geometry, then the TI-84 or 85 Plus/Silver Edition? Hahaha I love playing games on them.

Dot Matrix said,
When I think of Texas Instruments, I think of the graphing calculators I used in high school...

After the article about people remembering Steve Jobs, this is a funny answer demonstrating how little people remember or know about history, especially in technology.

When I see TI, I think Integrated circuit... Which is and was kind of important.