Microsoft to merge Windows RT into Windows Blue?

Microsoft to merge Windows RT into Windows Blue?
Microsoft might no longer launch Windows RT devices and will merge the operating system and devices with it in the huge new overhaul to Windows, Windows Blue, according to DigiTimes’ supply sources in Taiwan.

Windows RT is the name Microsoft uses for its ARM-based devices. Windows RT comes with the same modern interface like Windows 8, but unlike it, it does not support legacy Windows applications. It also suffers from compatibility issues.

There is still no official confirmation on these Windows RT news from Microsoft, and we don’t really expect the company to say something earlier than the Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2013. It will take place in San Francisco from June 26th to 28th. So take this with a grain of salt for the time being.

What’s notable is that DigiTimes also expects Windows-based Intel device sales to drop significantly in the period before the launch of Intel’s fourth-generation Core chips, Haswell. The first Haswell computers are expected to arrive around June.

source: DigiTimes



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nuh-uh. I'm gonna continue stick with Windows 8. So, no thank you. :)

7. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

hopefully you are using modern apps as well :)

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Of course, FreshPaint, Skype, Jetpack Joyride, Where's My Water etc. :)

11. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

yeah, me too. Windows 8 RT is a very failed product even from the start. But Windows 8 is the best Windows yet.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, I agree. Windows 8 is the best windows yet.

18. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Not sure I completely agree with you. I love Win8 on my desktop, but my WinRT tablet is as capable as it needs to be... and the battery life is a plus. All WinRT needs is some better dev support, and it will be much better. Maybe java support so I can play MC?

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Confusion is what i hear coming out of MS these days... After Windows 7, all hell broke loose. Stop Confusing us please, making everything complicated, when others "A" make it so easy.

3. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Good for them.

4. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Please bring the Haswell based tablets because I am tired of PHONE operation systems like android and ios. All i want is a full windows8 tablet with 10 hours of battery life and I do believe Intel will deliver this time and windows tablets will dominate the market. I am already thinking of buying the Lenovo think pad 2 but I will wait a bit longer.

5. talreyami

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I think the guy from Digitime hasn't used Surface RT yet otherwise he won't predict this BS. The guy has misunderstood (Microsoft Working Towards Unified Ecosystem With Win Rt, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 by Windows Blue) not merging RT with 8. However, Does this guy know what the pros & cons of Win RT "which MSFT aiming to enter the tablet and phablet market by Win RT" and Win 8 unless he is tending to confuse people. I love my surface Pro "the Powerful Laptop in Tablet form factor" but some times I like to use my wife's Surface RT "Productive Tablet", in the other hand my wife is very happy with her Surface RT and hasn't asked to use my Surface Pro.

9. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I hope they go in a different direction they should kill Windows Phone in its current form and scale down RT to fit on phones and make WP apps comaptible with both cause if u look at WP7 and WP8 the only thing they did was change the kernel and add very few features

14. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Changing the Kernel isn't just a small insignificant thing. It broadens what WP can actually do. Supporting up to 64 Cores being just one of them.

15. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I totally agree with u but to users thr is not much visual change

6. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Why are Microsoft making it so difficult and confusing with their Computer/Tablet OS range?!

10. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

wrong, Windows 8 and Windows RT are windows operating system products, both will get windows blue updates, but it's not quite as easy to "merge" them.

13. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This report does not make sense. Windows RT IS Windows 8 "Pro", its a subset of Windows 8 built for ARM tablets. Theres nothing to merge. Windows 8 "Pro" cannot run RT tablets because they are built with support for different chipsets.

16. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Honestly, I think Windows RT was just horribly executed. The idea made sense, because I know Microsoft did want to make products where you mostly used the "Immersive UI" experience. However, I think it would have just been better for MSFT to focus on Windows 8 and bringing the OS to tablets, like with the Surface Pro.

17. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Been using Windows 8 for 5months and now i'm getting strange issues - Windows updating by itself without user consent - Strange hard disk noise - Slower performance - Freezes or hang sometimes while using Internet Explorer or Chrome - High Windows Defender activities - Browser performance overall is slower compared to linux - Some Metro apps crashed - High memory usage of metro apps - Some updates create issues Now I'm using Gubuntu 12.10.1 64bit and to be honest it's rocking fast and use only 300MB RAM on Gnome Classic. I only use Windows 8 for Microsoft Office & Games. But now steam is coming to linux and a Microsoft Office clone is getting ready.

20. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Can't say I've had any of these issues with Win8 and I've had it just as long. Some specific metro apps are known to have memory leaks, all of them being third party apps (which is why I always read the reviews). There has been a MSOffice clone out there for years called (LibreOffice on linux). Also, just because Steam is coming to Linux, doesn't mean that game devs other than Valve will put the extra time and resources into developing for yet another platform. I don't presume to know everything about your experiences with Win8 or even why you have had the problems you have, I'm just saying that Linux has years to go before it can replace Windows as a full OS solution. ...and before assumptions are made, I am running a Win8 desktop, a WinRT tablet, and a laptop with Linux Mint Cinnamon.

21. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I did like Windows 8 and I was Pro-Windows 8 user, PA staff knows that. Windows Phone 8 is greatly and beautifully optimized for smartphone, no problem with that. When Windows 8 came out, I really love it and didn't even though of getting back to Linux. However after 5months usage things started getting ugly. As for Linux where it stand, yes it has a long way too go, but it is getting better. On gaming, I'm waiting for PS4 to come out, I'm a console gamer meanwhile just playing some games on windows. I still feel like Microsoft need to fix few stuff with Windows 8. LibreOffice is rather a Microsoft Office 2003 clone than Office 2007. I'm talking about Office 2007, 2010 clone. The link i've given shows the new upcoming clone by chinese developers. I'm a not an anti-Microsoft and anti-Windows. I'm just sharing my user experience with Windows 8. Before Windows 8 was about to release Intel and some developers admit that Windows 8 still need some polishing. When Microsoft heard that, Intel had to release a statement denying it.

22. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I hope your experiences with Win8 improve, as I do not believe that they are typical across the platform. I'm going to check out that office clone for my linux pc, as Open/LibreOffice has become s*** tier since SunMicro bought it. It was fantastic when it was still truly open source.

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Well at the very least they can help provide less confusion

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