Because I would with small businesses with 10 and fewer employees I deal mostly with Windows computers. In that time I found what I think are the best Windows Tech manuals. The author is Mark Minasi and he has written a series of Windows Server 20XX books that I rely on. So, when I saw his review of Windows 8 and RT is was interested.
You can find his review here: Mark Minasi’s Windows Networking Tech Page Issue #103 November 2012.
The following is a quick take of what Mark wrote. I warn you this is my take on what Mark wrote. Read his review to get his words.
The Microsoft Surface (hardware) is pretty good. It runs Windows 8 RT. It has not completely taken over from Mark’s iPad. He is carrying them both.
Windows 8 for PC’s does not suck. I think the big news is that Win8 comes in only 2 flavors. There is Win8, which if you are an XP, Vista, or Win7 user you would call Win8 Home Edition. The other flavor has two names: Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. These are identical packages. The difference is in how they are sold. Pro is the retail version and Enterprise is the bulk packaging for multi-license orders. That simplifies things. It is all Home or Pro.
The difference between Win7 and Win8 Pro is the START SCREEN. Turn that off and you think you are running Win7.
Mark describes the upgrade from Win7 to Win8 as harmless. So, unless you have security issues there seems little reason to upgrade to Win8. But, remember this is on PC hardware.
Mark points out the OTHER Windows version is Windows 8 RT that runs on different hardware. You cannot get a copy that runs on PC hardware. It just won’t work. But, you can get it on Microsoft’s SURFACE and other devices build around the really old Advanced RISC Machine tech, era 1983. Mark explains the history and reasoning for the use of RISC tech.
The logic of using this old tech and the absolute newest hardware on the market is explained in the review. It sounds odd but it does make sense. It is geeky but very practical.
You may know that iPad apps do not run on a Mac desktop. Nor do Mac apps run on an iPad. Also Windows PC apps don’t run on Windows RT. But… RT apps will run in Win8 Pro… interesting.
Since this is a Second Life™ related site you may be wondering if the Surface RT will be able to run SL. I was… am. Mark doesn’t answer that question. He is a server geek. If they use graphics at all it is for charting performance data. A visually oriented game… I think he has never seen one.
I cannot see a graphics heavy rendering program running on a Surface RT. We already have people running SL on Win8 Home & Pro.