Originally Posted by Teknikal
RT is meant to be the lightweight Arm version which can't run any real windows programs it's what is mean't to compete with the iPad and android Tablets.
Sorry but that isn't what MS is doing.
MS isn't trying to match iOS and Android, they've looking to *leapfrog* past them.
That much they've said openly and repeatedly: their vision is one OS and one *app codebase* from phones to mainframes. Tablets that run the same apps as desktops, not two different codebases (say, MacOS and iOS or Linux and Android).
And yes, RT is a lightweight install compared to the x86 install simply because it doesn't carry the bulk of legacy code necessary for backwards compatibility on the x86 computers but it isn't a limited OS.
If that was all MS intended they would've simply put some advertising money to push WinCE instead of betting the farm on a new API set.
Historically, MS OSes have usually demanded high-end hardware resources--faster processors and more RAM than the low-end in use at launch--and then let the hardware catch up. It is only recently, with Win7 and the need to accomodate netbooks that MS developed an OS with low-end requirements.