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Windows RT Is Precursor to Windows 9, The "OS To Rule Them All"

Looking at the key features published on the Windows Team blog by Brandon LeBlanc, there's one thing that one cannot help to notice. Windows RT could be for Microsoft what Snow Leopard was for Apple, the chance to break away from legacy applications altogether and one some of us - including myself - will be ready to embrace wholeheartedly.

Windows RT (note the lack of numerals) cannot be upgraded from previous Windows OSes (Windows 7 and 8). Like Windows Phone, it will come with Microsoft Office but won't allow installation of x86/64 and other desktop software.

Oddly enough, there's no Storage Spaces or Windows Media Player - which could mean that Microsoft preclude the use Windows RT as a media-centric OS - but you do get Device encryption by default and the rest of the key features found on Windows 8.

Perhaps the biggest difference of them all is that Windows RT will not be available as a stand alone, shrink wrapped package and will only be available on PCs and tablets (possibly other devices as well) pre-installed.

Installing new apps on Windows RT will only be possible - you guess it - as apps via Microsoft's own app marketplace called Store.

Source: Windows Team Blog (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.