Originally Posted by pl001
They are not really different beasts. RT looks and feels exactly like Windows 8, the only difference is in what apps it will run and the hardware required to run it.
You do make a good point about the "cruft". Consumers usually don't care about all the legacy stuff. However businesses don't want to have to upgrade every application they use. Microsoft is in a tough situation.
Yes, as long as you stay away from legacy apps full Windows 8 is exactly the same tablet optimized interface as Windows RT. And when you use legacy apps on the "Desktop" you just plug in a USB mouse and everything is exactly as on a Windows 7 computer. You get the best of both worlds.