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34. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2012, 15:41 DangerDog
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 15:23:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 15:20:
avianflu wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 15:04:
Note further that the "Metro RT tablets" are different from "Metro tablets" and can only run metro apps. RT tablets cannot run regular windows apps. Consumers will be very confused by all of this.

And if you're going to start over from scratch with all your programs then you're much better off with buying an ipad or android based tablet. The 7" form factor is what seems most popular, compact enough for travel yet big enough to still be usable as an e-reader and watch movies on.

I wouldn't pay more than $100 for a Metro RT tablet.

Well, it depends.
If you have iOS or Androids apps you can use them on your iOS or Android device.
If you have Windows RT you can use those apps on your desktop/laptop.

That's a pretty large advantage.

With reduced functionality of any app made for a tablet I wouldn't be using it on my desktop computer as there are always going to be better alternatives, many of them free.

Being able to buy solitaire for a WinRT based Surface and allowing a user to download the x86 version for their desktop isn't that big of a bonus.

Microsoft will lock their Surface down so that only programs acquired from their app store will work on the device, Android is much more open in terms of being able to create programs for your tablet or "side load" apps that aren't on/from the google play store. Microsoft is blundering that aspect because it was the openness of DOS and Windows that made them what they are today.

 
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