Windows RT (Windows 8 ARM) also reaches RTM status

Microsoft made its deadline for the completion of the Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build as they previously scheduled. However, that wasn't the only Windows-based OS that got the official sign off today.

TheNextWeb.com reports that Windows RT, Microsoft's brand name for the version of Windows 8 made to run on processors based on ARM, has also reached the RTM build stage. In addition, the story claims that Microsoft has already sent out the RTM build to hardware makers that are building Windows RT devices.

Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments will be the companies that will make the ARM-based processors to run on Windows RT-based hardware(Windows 8 runs on x86 processors made by Intel and AMD). Microsoft has already announced that it will not sell a stand alone version of Windows RT; it will only be available for consumers when they buy a new hardware product with Windows RT already installed.

Microsoft will launch the Windows RT version of its Surface tablet PC on October 26th, the same day as the official consumer launch of Windows 8 and Asus has also confirmed it will launch a Windows RT-based device. Another version of the Surface hardware, running on Windows 8 Pro on an Intel chip, won't launch until at least 90 days later.

Source: The Next Web

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I actually can't believe this. I'm still hoping that someone at MS will make an announcement and tell us that they've been fooling us all the time and then announces the real Windows 8 which is an OS that makes sense and is made for use with a regular PC with a mouse and keyboard.

And yeah, I'm not trolling

Will users of windows RT be able to update office 2013 once the final version of office 2013 is released through microsoft update or store?

willwalk said,
Will users of windows RT be able to update office 2013 once the final version of office 2013 is released through microsoft update or store?

it would surely get updated by app store

Just a stupid question

In my language RT are only two letters put together cacophonously and at random with no sense or indication of the arm nature
In english it make any sense?

fehu said,
Just a stupid question

In my language RT are only two letters put together cacophonously and at random with no sense or indication of the arm nature
In english it make any sense?

Linguistically NO (pronounced as ArTee)! It's an abreviation of RunTime. Thought WinRT and Windows RT being different things confuses everybody.

However, that wasn't the only Windows-based OS

*cough* Ya it was, they are the same OS...

Windows 8 is the same, running on ARM does NOT make it a different OS, even with the RT specific features enabled/disabled.

There is WOA(Arm), x86(32bit), x64(64bit) versions of Windows 8.

Running on multiple architectures does not make it a different OS, just like Linux running on various hardware does not make it any different.


Because they are the same OS, is why the RTM was the same.


Even Windows 2012 Server is the SAME OS as well, it just has more features to handle the server roles.

NT is NT is NT is NT is NT is NT is NT

Compile NT for PowerPC, it is still freaking Windows NT, compile it for Alpha, it is still Windows NT, compile it for MIPS it is still Windows NT.

Get it yet?

superconductive said,
I don't understand why would anyone get the cut-down RT version when they can't run full programs like Windows 8

You can't "get" RT, it's available on oem devices such as tablets only. You can't buy it separately. But to answer your point, they will "get" it for the same reason they get iOS, because they want the device.

superconductive said,
I don't understand why would anyone get the cut-down RT version when they can't run full programs like Windows 8

Why dont you ask that question to all the iPad owners and see if they were expecting to run the full desktop photoshop suite.

Toysoldier said,

Why dont you ask that question to all the iPad owners and see if they were expecting to run the full desktop photoshop suite.

Yea but the difference is Microsoft is actually putting out a better version of the surface tablet that can run everything (RT and Windows 8 full apps). In my view this defeats the purpose of getting the lower-end RT version.

superconductive said,

Yea but the difference is Microsoft is actually putting out a better version of the surface tablet that can run everything (RT and Windows 8 full apps). In my view this defeats the purpose of getting the lower-end RT version.

Yeah but most people are cheap ***** and will buy just what they need to get the job done, Windows RT fits most peoples needs,

Check mail,
Check Facebook,
Check online shops,
Check Facebook,
Check Online bank account,
Check Facebook,

Rinse and repeat....


You dont need anything more than Windows RT for that.

Most old woman will be very upset when their halmark studio won't work. A) RT won't run the x86 software and B) The tablet doesn't have a dvd drive.

Microsoft better have a warning addressing the fact that Windows 8 RT is not compatible with older software. If they dont then people will buy these things and think Microsoft is the biggest jerk company in history.

Iridium said,
Microsoft better have a warning addressing the fact that Windows 8 RT is not compatible with older software. If they dont then people will buy these things and think Microsoft is the biggest jerk company in history.

and we don't mean small letters on the bottom of the box in size 9 font. I mean size 36 sized font.

Iridium said,
Microsoft better have a warning addressing the fact that Windows 8 RT is not compatible with older software. If they dont then people will buy these things and think Microsoft is the biggest jerk company in history.

Iridium said,
Microsoft better have a warning addressing the fact that Windows 8 RT is not compatible with older software. If they dont then people will buy these things and think Microsoft is the biggest jerk company in history.

That's why it's called Windows RT not Windows 8 RT as you falsely state. People didn't expect to run windows 7 apps on their Windows Phone 7 devices, this is no different. Anyone who does is an idiot.

Iridium said,
Microsoft better have a warning addressing the fact that Windows 8 RT is not compatible with older software. If they dont then people will buy these things and think Microsoft is the biggest jerk company in history.

Lol just let go dude, move on.

TCLN Ryster said,
Does this mean that by definition that Office 2013 has RTM'd today also since it is included in Windows RT ?

No. They said that Windows RT devices will include a Preview version of Office 2013. RTM and GA won't be until next year at some point. Well, Q1 I think.

Wyn6 said,

No. They said that Windows RT devices will include a Preview version of Office 2013. RTM and GA won't be until next year at some point. Well, Q1 I think.

Really? Microsoft shipping beta software -.^

thealexweb said,

Really? Microsoft shipping beta software -.^


They're referring to it as a preview, not a beta, so perhaps they can reasonably justify it as stable enough for the average user. Microsoft wouldn't ship a version that is unstable enough to cause harm.

warwagon said,
I just wonder if the lack of apps at release is going to be an issue for microsoft.

Not like the phone, I think Office will drive the sales of the Surface, more so than anyone is anticipating. Although after using Outlook.com for a day, I can see it replacing Outlook for a LOT of people.

warwagon said,
I just wonder if the lack of apps at release is going to be an issue for microsoft.

No more so than it did when the iPhone launched, or when the iPad launched, or when Android launched, etc. Besides, there's quite a few reasonable apps in the store already that I'm sure will be built on and improved.

There's also 2 months until the public get their hands on this OS, I'm sure there are many apps, including big name apps, in the works already that will be made ready for download in October. I'd expect to see all the big names on iOS and Android to come out with a Metro app on or shortly after the release of Windows 8... like Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Angry Birds, Cut The Rope (full), Fruit Ninja (Full), etc, etc

warwagon said,
I just wonder if the lack of apps at release is going to be an issue for microsoft.

Technically Microsoft has probably the most applications for an OS in the world. I would imagine most applications that have worked since Vista or even XP will work on 7. That is a HUGE collection of applications.

Now if it is an issue that most of these applications are not in the "app store", I do not really know.

I predict Windows 8 will probably fail. Microsoft has gone a little crazy on this one. The performance is going to be great, the back end changes will be wonderful. The UI ... will confuse us all.

ObiWanToby said,

Technically Microsoft has probably the most applications for an OS in the world. I would imagine most applications that have worked since Vista or even XP will work on 7. That is a HUGE collection of applications.

Now if it is an issue that most of these applications are not in the "app store", I do not really know.

I predict Windows 8 will probably fail. Microsoft has gone a little crazy on this one. The performance is going to be great, the back end changes will be wonderful. The UI ... will confuse us all.

I'm referring to the RT tablet version, not x86.

No more so than it did when the iPhone launched, or when the iPad launched, or when Android launched, etc. Besides, there's quite a few reasonable apps in the store already that I'm sure will be built on and improved.

But when the iPhone was launched there was no other experience like it. They paved the way to a good smart phone experience. Sure there was Windows Mobile was it was nowhere near as nice. Now the RT tablets on the or W8 Phones other hand have some very mature competition which have hundreds of thousands of apps.

Edited by warwagon, Aug 2 2012, 12:11am :

warwagon said,
I just wonder if the lack of apps at release is going to be an issue for microsoft.

Not really, all of the Windows Store apps will run on RT just fine - it's only the old Win32 apps that aren'r going to run on WinRT.