Windows RT 2.0

by Volker Weber

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With windowsphone.com gone, the URL now points to a landing page in Microsoft.com. It's a little rebranding. Microsoft now talks about Windows 10 instead of Windows Phone 10, and when they refer to old version they call them Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Phone. Well Windows 10 on the phone isn't really Windows 10, but Windows 10 Mobile. This week there was yet another build, but it's not ready to ship. When the new phones (950, 950XL, 650) ship, there has to be some version running on them but I expect quick updates.

What makes Windows 10 different from Windows 10 Mobile? The latter does not run desktop apps, or as you call them "programs". It only runs Windows 10 Universal Apps from the Windows Store. And that's a deja vù. When the original Surface shipped, there were two versions. One that ran all Windows programs, and the other one only running apps from the Windows Store. It was called Windows RT. Microsoft tried once, then tried again. And Surface 3 finally ran all Windows programs.

The question is, what will happen to Windows 10 Mobile. RT 2.0?

Comments

The continuum stuff is at least one additional argument for the new devices that wasn't previously there, but how heavy it weighs I have no idea.

Microsoft shows with the Office apps that UAs can be nice and powerful, so it really depends once more if more companies will start shipping their products as UAs.

Frank Quednau, 2015-10-15

Firefox auf dem Handy wäre gut. Auf Irfanview, WISO Sparbuch, Norton Commander etc. kann ich gut verzichten. Passt nicht zu kleinem Display. Excel 2016 wäre auch nicht schlecht. Excel mobile kommt ebensowenig mit VBA etc. klar wie Excel Mac.

Christian Just, 2015-10-15

Frank, Microsoft kann sich zwei Versionen von Office für Windows leisten. Die UA kann dabei viel weniger als die Klassik-Version, die auf allen Windows-Versionen läuft. Skype gibt es aktuell nur als Klassik-Version, die Skype-Funktionen sollen aber in andere UAs einfließen. Wer will sich das sonst noch leisten? Wie gesagt, wir hatten das schon mal mit RT.

Volker Weber, 2015-10-15

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