Microsoft still working on Windows RT?

Microsoft still working on Windows RT?
A rumor floats about that Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows RT, which will remove the desktop functionality from the OS altogether. Desktop was by far the most perplexing of RT's features, as it was unable to run any legacy desktop programs. Instead, it was (officially) usable only for File Explorer, Internet Explorer, and Office RT (unless one decided to venture into the land of emulators and jailbreaking). But those could easily be launched from the Metro (*ahem* a.k.a Modern, a.k.a Microsoft design language, are we missing any?) interface, so users were confused by Windows RT's neither-here-nor-there environment.

Last year, we heard Microsoft say that there won't be three versions of Windows in the future, which naturally led to the belief that RT may be getting axed or merged with Windows Phone. According to the new rumors, the latter may have more truth to it. RT will only work with the Modern interface now, which will make it resemble Windows Phone more than Windows 8.1.

So, while nothing is concrete, we could speculate that Microsoft may be making steps to unify the OS running their phones and tablets under the same name – much like iOS and Android. Dare we say – about time?

source: Myce via BGR

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28 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

As long as they never open it up and make developers happy, it will never be popular, or any use...My Surface RT has been sitting in my storage for almost half a year now, still waiting for VLC for RT to come out.

3. Maxim6194

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

VLC did come out...

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

14. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Do you really think he owns a Surface RT? He's just here to troll!

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Thanks for giving me a reason to take my Surface RT out. http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss3/maxraptor/2014-08-23034243.jpg

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

28. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Rekt.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

RT should just be dumped once-and-for-ever. Build out WP with whatever added functionality is needed for tablets and call it done with. RT reminds me of Ballmer's meddling. Ballmer is focused on the Clippers, MS needs to focus on WP.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"Build out WP with whatever added functionality is needed for tablets and call it done with" thats seems better than RT but i rather have a low cost win8.1 tablet with intel inside. It'll run legacy pc apps and will be much more productive than RT anyway also it'll give android/iOS a run for money. A 8inch surface or Lumia tablet with affordable price tag will be sweet. Low end market is the key to success for almost all company may be except for APPLE of course.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"RT reminds me of Ballmer's meddling." RT is a different-than-Windows OS built from designs stolen from an outside company. Microsoft thought it would work well -- and it does have its strong points -- but Microsoft has been extremely lazy (like most monopolies) in building out the ecosystem around RT.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Don't think that's a good idea since one seems interested in RT. A full powered Windows 8 tablet with attractive price tag is way better.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

*No one seems interested in RT

8. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Why people don't want mevericks on an ipad?I think RT is a good platform,but i have a question,are all windows phone apps avaliable on RT?

10. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

No, even though they both run on the ARM platform, Windows Phone apps are one thing, Windows RT app are another. That right there is different from Apple's and Google/Android's approach and is a deal breaker.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

With the unified platform approach porting it is very simple. And the approach is not to different. Companies can release apps that are tablet required etc, there is an app a customer was trying to install that was iphone only and the ipad didnt like it when it did install. The only difference being that app devs on other platforms have been used to that method and doing what it can so that the consumers dont notice the difference. Do we remember android 3.x? Yet i hardly doubt anyone is harping on google for that mistake. If we can afford google that pleasure of past mistakes. RT will be the same, we can afford it.

9. only1post unregistered

Is it possible to stream, download and save MP4 formate vidéos in WP 8.1 devices like Android's. I think not.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what program you using?

16. only1post unregistered

Interesting question because l'm not quite sure what you mean by it.  With the Note 3, straight out of the box and without installing anything yet from Google play, I can download and save any MP4 video (by press and hold on the screen until that menu pops up and you know the rest of the process). Then you go to Samsung's Gallery and you find it saved in a Download folder. But with WP, even after the WP 8.1 update, you simply can't do that (or I can't do that). You press on the screen and hold in the same way to save the video or even just play it, but instead you get the message "video failed to download". I am talking about how these devices behave straight out of the box before installing any programmes. Is this due to the operating system or applications/programs or browser or what?

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I will try, what website you trying to save the video from? Would love to try. Link it here and i will try it on my 925 I ask because i have played saved mp4's from onedrive before.

21. only1post unregistered

They are all over the place, these are many websites or or some videos within the websites and l'm not necessarily booking marking them but here is just an example: @ tumblr @ com@tagged @football-video (It's not letting me past the link because I posted less than 30 post) Some videos won't open like the one called 'Amazing video'

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sorry i dont go looking for mp4 videos (most websites mask the video type unless you're clicking on a download link with the file name like, amazing video.mp4)....I watch stuff like that on my tablet. What i mean is the website. @tumblr is not a website it is a tag. I can go to tumblr and see the page just fine. I dont mean this bad in any way but you can simply just put I go to this website, blahblahblah.com and click on the 3rd link and see my wp doesnt open it where this phone does. Amazing video is so generic and with no website you might as well of asked me if i saw that cat video...no offense but your post is very vague for someone asking about a video example. Hell with your example i cant even do this on my Note 3 next to me.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

People LOVE to HATE, my RT running Surface has been a great partner in most aspects of my life. So much so, that I sold it, and bought a Surface 2 RT... and guess what, if a Surface 3 RT comes out, I will likely upgrade again. Again... when I say most aspects I do not mean ALL... For the professional world I rely on my custom desktop coupled with a Surface Pro 2 (soon to be Surface Pro 3 maybe). Microsoft is making some strides, the new CEO has definitely shaken things up.

18. NateAdam8

Posts: 420; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Start by taking desktop interface away then move on to porting old .exe files into Market Place like they were made for it. Expanding the market place for RT into a strange and new experience.

23. TheNeighbor

Posts: 367; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I can say I don't mind having a desktop interface of WinRT. There is no confusion for me. I know what RT is. It beats me carrying my 5kg laptop, when all I need to do is write or surf the net most of the time. The Surface 2 gives me 8.5 hours of productive time with a Type Cover, and I have been using the full Word. It really beats getting an iPad, which you have to get a stand or cover to prop it up, Bluetooth keyboard than a designed keyboard cover, has no full USB port which can also run a portable DVD drive, and no micro SD slot for memory transfers or expansion. All the essential apps I need for productivity are in the Windows Store. I don't need cheesy games.

24. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

good im glad they are doing it i dont want a full version of windows on a tablet

25. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I heard Mary JO Folly on the Twittv website windows weekly show say that Microsoft was enabling it's windows smart phone OS to run on Tablets sized screens. if they can do that then indeed Microsoft can truly break away from old Windows RT and go to an new Windows Program for "ARMS CPU's" that use their new "Universal apps". else where I read that the new OS for "Arms CPU'S" may be named "Windows 9 Mobile" Folks Next year it appears all Windows RT Tablets will get upgraded to a new Operating system where apps that are written to run on Windows 9 smart phones can be easily modified to run on a larger screen Arms CPU tablet. Developers will like that for sure.

26. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks all Windows smart phones and Windows RT OS tablets like the Original "Windows RT", The Surface 2 and The Nokia 2520 Tablet for AT & T and Verizon USE the Mobile ARMS CPU's so it should not be hard for Microsoft to make a new Windows 9 Mobile OS that will run on all it's ARMS CPU devices. unfortunately however the desktop/Server programs written to run on Intel/AMD x86 CPU's that run XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 devices will not run on Windows smart phone or Windows RT tablet unless they are the new Universal Apps Microsoft is working on.

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