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Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Windows RT is Right for You

Oct 25, 2012

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Microsoft is announcing two new versions of its popular operating system today.  Windows 8 is the desktop upgrade that we’ve all come to expect every few years.  But Windows RT, a companion product, is something unique—the first mobile-friendly version of Windows designed for those who value portability and long battery life.

Windows RT is the operating system that finally gives road warriors the Windows experience they deserve.  It takes everything Microsoft has learned from its past touchscreen experiences, and combines them into a sleek, user-friendly mobile experience.

Keep in mind that Windows RT is not just for tablets. Many devices running RT, such as the forthcoming Dell XPS 10 and Samsung ATIV Tab, come with full keyboards.

Here are 5 great reasons why Windows RT may be right for you:

Extended Battery Life

Battery life can be a problem for devices that run on traditional PC processors.  Windows RT was developed for the battery-efficient processors that power smartphones and tablets—including Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processors.   That ensures the longest battery-life possible.  Win RT devices are also designed to stay on connected standby for weeks at a time.  That allows your email and other programs to be up to date when the screen turns on again.

No Bloatware, Clean Windows Experience

Frustrated by all the trial software and third-party apps that slow down your Windows experience? With Windows RT, bloatware, trialware, useless toolbars, and junk applications that hog up valuable system resources are a thing of the past, since Microsoft only permits installation of modern apps from its Marketplace. Preventing unauthorized software installations also makes Win RT virtually impenetrable by viruses, spyware and other types of malicious software. That, and eradicating bloatware make this Windows version a no-brainer.

Better Security

To further boost security, Windows RT provides device encryption, which prevents unauthorized users from ransacking the data on lost or stolen devices.

Microsoft Office 2013 Pre-loaded

A full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 is included with Windows RT devices, including familiar names like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. It’s a complete Office experience optimized for touch and low battery consumption—not trial software!

Sleeker, Thinner and Lighter Designs

Windows RT is designed to work with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and other efficient mobile processors.  Snapdragon packs the CPU, graphics processor, modem, GPS, Wi-Fi and more onto a single chip than any other chip maker.  Fewer components scattered on a board mean sleeker and thinner designs. And because Snapdragon and other ARM-based processors are designed to be more power efficient, they can support smaller batteries—and smaller devices.  Pick up a Windows RT device and you’ll know exactly what I mean. 

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