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Steven Sinofsky says Windows RT has drivers for 420 million devices out there, thousands of apps added weekly

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Steven Sinofsky says Windows RT has drivers for 420 million devices out there, thousands of apps added weekly
Microsoft is on stage now, announcing Windows 8/RT, and it quickly throwed in some stats about the RT version that might sway you towards using it. While there will be just a few thousand apps at launch that are compatible with it, Microsoft mentioned that the store is the largest for any ecosystem so far at launch, and thousands of apps will be added each week. Recently it said the goal is to have 100,000 quality apps by February.

The other selling point of Windows RT tablets, it said, besides the free Microsoft Office that comes installed on them, and the long battery life, is the vast driver support. Microsoft has given RT slates support for the same devices Windows 8 supports, and it quoted there are 420 million electronics and peripherals currently supported by Windows, which RT tablets will recognize and support. 

This is a huge opportunity, and most of those will be supported out of the box, without the need to download drivers from Microsoft's servers. In fact, Steven Sinofsky said a 100% of the most popular printers currently on the US market, are supported as plug-and-play right out of the box.

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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:16 12

1. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Microsoft did a great job bringing the computer experience and placing it in our hands in the form of a tablet. My hat is definitely off to them!

I am going to make a bold prediction.... Everyone has noticed that iOS is tiresome and boring... I will put money down that the next version of iOS will be redesigned to bring a more MAC OS feel to the users. Maybe even copy Microsofts idea and bridge the two together. You heard it first!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:54 8

3. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You forgot one key element. Apple will act like they came up with it.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:19 8

2. the_best (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


hey apple, google.. wanna se what happens when the big boys enter the game?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:17

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


100% of the most popular? Isn't that making something subjective into a fact? Hmm...

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:51 1

5. MartyK (Posts: 712; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


"Sure", says the Galaxy Nexus 10...hahaha

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:36

6. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Hope have driver for crown amps.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 18:05

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


im pretty sure they will achieve that n no time.. i mean they are windows---the most use PC OS in the world!

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