Windows RT Is Here To Stay, Says Former Windows Boss

Microsoft’s under fire platform, Windows RT, may have been criticized by hardware vendors around the globe, with many completely outright abandoning it, but the company still stands behind it.

In fact, while OEMs are creating devices powered by the full version of Windows 8, as they like to call it, Redmond is keen on improving the platform and adding in new features that would help boost the consumer appeal of devices powered by the Windows on ARM flavor.

Julie Larson-Green had a big hand to play in development of Microsoft’s two modern operating systems, and while the senior executive is taking over a new role within the company, she talked about the future of Windows RT in a new interview.

The executive claimed that some comments she made in November 2013 about there being too many versions of Windows may have been misinterpreted:

“Terry has been talking a lot about how we are going to bring things together and how the experience is really continuous, from phone to tablet to a PC. People kind of misconstrued it to mean it is the end of ARM[-based] Windows or Windows RT, but that is certainly not the case.”

Windows RT made its official debut with the Surface RT tablet on October 26, 2012, though the platform was refreshed alongside the core Windows 8 a few months back in October last year.

It appears to be seen what kind of features Microsoft brings around for the RT platform when, and if, it releases Update 1 for Windows 8.1. Official details should be with us in the coming weeks.

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  • WillyThePooh

    I actually like my Surface RT. I feel safe to bring it out on trip as x86 virus won’t able to invade it. Also IE doesn’t accept plug-ins. Safer when connecting to public network. If they put in a title bar to show clock, battery life and network strength all the time is the best.

  • Ray C

    I never understood the backlash against RT. I think this is more of the same when it comes to the usual Microsoft bashing. It’s a mobile OS. That really should not be hard to understand. I don’t know a single person who does any more with their Android tablet than they do with their Android phone, but iPads and Android devices never faced the same scrutiny. The only real problem with RT is they didn’t do enough to explain to people that it was just a mobile MS and not full Windows.

  • JohnCz

    I love RT on Lumia 2520. Things would have gone smoother for RT if Office had their metro apps ready at launch. That would have allowed them to disable the desktop and avoid some of the initial confusion. The purpose of RT is to drive costs down so Windows is not pigeonholed as a pro/business class device.