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Microsoft trying to make Windows RT an OS for a line of Windows powered phablets?

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Microsoft trying to make Windows RT an OS for a line of Windows powered phablets?
A published report on Friday says that Microsoft is considering using its Windows RT OS on a series of phablets. This was disclosed during Microsoft's Financial Analysts Meeting on Thursday in response to a question from someone attending. Microsoft's Terry Myerson responded to a question about the future of the ARM based platform used on the Microsoft Surface RT.

Myerson, who is the chief of the Redmond based firm's OS division, didn't exactly mention the phablet niche by name. First, he praised the battery life on ARM based devices. Then, he said that as phones extend into tablets, Microsoft will offer Windows ARM tablets in the future. The comment comes as Nokia prepares to introduce the Nokia Lumia 1520, the first Windows Phone phablet. Another picture of the device was discovered earlier Friday.

"Windows RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future."-Terry Myerson,Executive VP, Microsoft

Thanks to the GDR3 update, which will debut on the Lumia 1520, the phone will be the first carrying the Windows Phone platform to feature a large 6 inch display, and a screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 will be driving Miss Daisy. The phablet will offer 2GB of RAM, 32GB of native storage and a microSD slot. A massive 3450mAh battery will keep the gerbil spinning on the wheel for a long time. The device is exected to be introduced on October 22nd by the Finnish based manufacturer, soon to become part of Microsoft. Speculation calls for a November 8th launch with a price of $699 off-contract or $299.99 with a signed two-year pact.

Should Microsoft decide to use Windows RT to power a line of phablets, we might see the two separate application stores for Windows Phone and Windows RT, merge into one.

Microsoft's Terry Myerson (third from left) sees more Windows ARM tablets in Microsoft's future

Microsoft's Terry Myerson (third from left) sees more Windows ARM tablets in Microsoft's future


source: ZDNet

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posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:11

1. harigrg33 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Now only gods know what will happen.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:28 9

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Why not just integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT.
still pretty nice since most phablets are now pretty close to 6 inch size.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:52 1

7. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


It would definitely make sense and seem plausible after GDR3 is released since both will be on the same hardware spec page.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 23:15

19. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Unfortunately, this makes the Lumia 1520 obsolete in the long run, unless Microkiasoft decides to upgrade it to RT later on.

RT's tablet functionality would be awesome on the 1520, but sadly I, the uninformed observer, don't see the 1520 as being anything more than an overpowered Windows Phone... which means what, exactly?

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:34 6

3. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Merge into one? Seems pretty reasonable.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:38 7

5. akki20892 (Posts: 2677; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Merge your comments into one. Seems pretty reasonable.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:01 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


If he does that, though, it'll squish our comments (and all your precious likes) into oblivion!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:34 1

4. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Merge into one? Seems pretty reasonable

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:48

6. FadyNabil (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 May 2013)


Windows RT is more capable and feature rich than windows phone,
So good move.
Just can't imagine the windows desktop running on a phone screen (even a 6" one).

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:53 4

8. Pancholo (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Well, this sounds about right. Windows Phone 8 RT? Merge, merge, merge!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:30 1

10. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


ARM is going 64 bit late next year. If Microsoft was smart, that would be their platform to reinvent windows RT off of.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:48 2

11. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


windows RT split screen on lumia 1520? WOW

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:41 1

12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


ARMS CPU"S use rules the mobile device world. Therefore like it or not Microsoft must have a
Windows operating system that runs on these ARM CPU's from what I read the Brand name Windows RT will not be used any more but I think Microsoft has to make a new name for their
ARMS Mobile Operating system Like "Win Mobile" or "WinMO" "Wintab".ect. I think Unless there is good price break on the Microsoft "Surface 2" ARM CPU tablet it will fail to sell well in the market place rumor has it will sell for 499 dollars if this does it will not sell well in the market place because there are too many cheap Android tablets out there. this is sad because the surface 2 really can do more things than any apple Ipad or a Android tablet can do. the new Nokia Windows on arms OS tablet I think will out sell the MS Surface 2 because 1=it's new
and does not have the Surface RT's bad Public reception..2=Special Nokia software that sets it apart from a Windows RT or Surface 2 3=it has a sleek strong polycarbonate plastic body that comes in many Colors to make it not look like the 2001 black monolith Tablet slabs that are on the market today. "The Surface mini" if it bundled with the right apps and services like Barnes and Noble Novels a, Educational text books, Encyclopedia Britannica, and good calculus math level graphics calculator could be the window on ARMS Savior for Microsoft because 1=it is new and does nit have the windows RT reputation. 2=it has to be marketed as an Entertainment/Educational tablet so people wont even consider it a business work tablet although you can use for business applications. people will know what it is for and what to expect it capable of.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 22:59 1

17. Pancholo (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Too long. Didn't read.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 23:13 1

18. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


tl;dr

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:03 2

13. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


And one day, I would love to see WINDOWS as a single operating system that can run on phones, phablets, tablets and PC... Hope my dream comes true...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 15:40 1

14. ZeroCide (Posts: 678; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I would like to have a windows x86 Phablet on my carrier... Sprint before anyone else. That would be awesome.

I know... I know... I'm a dreamer!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 17:11 2

15. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Right against Note3...hope MS/Nokia ship this tab with WinRT for better multitasking than WP!!!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 19:31

16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Thatll be dope, windowrs rt on a phablet,, niceeee

posted on 22 Sep 2013, 00:14

20. kanagadeepan (Posts: 591; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Win RT is already Win8 like looking (I mean not multi-tasking) WP8 right??? So whats new here then???

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