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Windows RT Starter Guide

Windows RT Starter Guide

Microsoft has officially launched Windows RT for ARM-based devices like tablets. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about RT.

What Devices Run Windows RT?
So far, five new Windows RT tablets have been officially announced. Devices include Microsoft Surface (which launched alongside the RT platform and is now available), Asus VivoTab RT, the versatile Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11, Samsung ATIV Tab and Dell XPS 10.

A Battery that Lasts
Having a solid, reliable battery life is important regardless of the device you’re using. And the ARM-based mobile devices that run Windows RT are designed to be energy-efficient machines, which can even keep your device running for multiple days on a single charge.

Free Stuff
The latest desktop edition of Microsoft Office is not cheap: it runs from $139.99 for the Home and Student version to as much as $399.99 for the full-featured Professional version -- the later of which is 80% of the price of a baseline Surface tablet. But all Windows RT devices come pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote at no additional charge, which gives you everything you need to create and edit professional documents while on the go.

Built to Handle Games
On top of the productivity tools it offers, Windows RT tablets including the Surface, Yoga 11 and VivoTab are all equipped with 12-core Tegra processors courtesy of NVIDIA. We’ve already seen some demonstrations of the impressive visuals RT devices are capable of delivering, including the full PC version of the “Epic Citadel” Unreal Engine tech demo. Plus, devices like the Yoga 11 come equipped with a fully-functional keyboard if you want more control of your games than the touchscreen offers.

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