CNET First Look
Windows RT lands with too many restrictionsAlthough Windows RT does showcase many of the best things about Windows 8, it also has limitations that its more full-featured sibling doesn't. Take a First Look at Microsoft's tablet version of the new Windows.
-Welcome to the wacky wild world of Windows RT. What's the RT stand for you asked? You wouldn't be wrong to think restricted. Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt and today we're gonna take a quick look at Windows RT, Microsoft's new tablet only operating system. Like iOS, you can only get Windows RT preinstalled. It offers much of the best of its bigger sibling Windows 8. You've got snap view for running 2 apps at once. No other tablet can currently do these live tiles which update information in real time. The powerful search feature allows you to type while on the start screen and instantly searches your apps settings and files. The charms bar gives you quick access to search, share and connected peripheral devices. Windows RT ships with a new Microsoft Office, the only way to get the productivity suite for free. Windows RT is only fueled by the lower power arm-based chips so you have longer battery life in general. And Windows RT doesn't have any legacy Windows Malware threats although social engineering will continue to be a problem. So what's wrong with Windows RT? Here's a couple of the low lights, apps. Older Windows programs won't work. Desktop mode is restricted to Microsoft made apps. Browser and media player choice is also restricted and on top of all that, the Windows store has a really thin selection of apps right now. Flash only works on pre-approved websites, really. That's a step up from iOS not running flash at all. But talk about not working with the web. Windows RT is being marketed for productivity, but the mail app can't hold a candle to Outlook which doesn't even run on Windows RT. To change some settings, you do that in metro mode but to change others, you go to desktop mode. That's confusing. Visually, Windows 8 and Windows RT looked identical and you can't use the hardware running them to tell them apart since they run in similar looking devices as well. In the case of the Microsoft surface, the hardware is in fact identical. Windows RT isn't bad but it's not great either. You're still force into desktop mode often enough that it's a jarring experience although some people who don't like legacy Windows at all may actually like this. The first look at Windows RT, I'm Seth Rosenblatt.