One of the more interesting Windows 8 storylines to watch this fall will be how well Windows RT — the version of the operating system meant to run on ARM-based processors found mainly in phones and tablets — fares.
As my colleague Harry McCracken notes, Windows RT…
…is so much of an outlier that it isn’t even called “Windows 8.” It’ll come preinstalled on tablets and other devices that use ARM processors. It will sport the new Metro interface and will come with a bundled version of Microsoft Office. But it won’t be able to run old-school Windows apps, and will be missing many of the features aimed at IT folks and other denizens of the corporate world.
Asus appears to be first into the pool with the Windows RT-based Tablet 600, which the company showed off alongside a snap-in keyboard dock similar to the one sold with its Android-based Transformer line of tablets. The Verge shot the following demo:
- Hands on With ASUS’ Tablet 600 & Windows RT [AnandTech]
- A closer look at the Asus Tablet 600 and Windows RT (video) [The Verge]
- ASUS Tablet 600 pairs Transformer tablet with Windows RT [SlashGear]
- Asus Tablet 600 turns Transformer Prime into Windows 8 tablet, intros Tablet 810 for those who want more [Pocket-lint]