Will Microsoft call time on Windows RT?
The three separate strains of Microsoft's latest operating system have confused and angered some consumers
Windows has a problem with fragmentation - and not just when it comes to comparing Windows 8 with older versions. Recent comments made by executive vice president Julie Larson-Green suggest however, that Microsoft is planning to fix this.
Speaking at an investor event, Larson-Green said "We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three.”
Although the strains listed above are unified by the ‘Metro’ design language (ie, heavy use of tiles and typography that aim to draw attention to content) the confusion caused by Windows RT and the increasing popularity of the Windows Phone platform suggest that these last two platforms might be merged in the future.
Both RT and Windows Phone were designed for mobile devices, with RT built for tablet-sized screens and using a 32-bit architecture for ARM processors. Its design makes for better power efficiency (meaning longer battery life and quieter, cooler devices) but the OS is completely incompatible with previous versions of Windows and can struggle with multi-tasking and process-intensive activities.
Larson-Green defended the operating system, saying that there is “clearly a need for a simplified consumer electronics experience on devices” and compared Windows RT to the experience offered by Apple’s devices:
“So you look at iPad in particular, and it's a turnkey, closed system. It doesn't degrade over time. It doesn't get viruses. It's not as flexible, you can't do as much with it, but it's a more seamless experience, even though more simplified.”
She continued by stressing that Microsoft still believed in a “a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security” but acknowledge this “comes at the cost of flexibility”.
Meanwhile the Windows Phone platform is continuing to grow in a number of positive ways. Reports from market analysts Kantar showed that the OS made up one in ten smartphone purchases between July and September in Europe, and in the UK Windows Phones make up more than 11 per cent of the market.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£30 per hour: Ashdown Group: An industry leading and well established business...
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...