Windows 8 officially released on previous 26 October 2012 and as SOT quote from Tech Report, Windows 8 selling is far from expected and it can be said – disappointing. Whether Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro, these both version didn’t reach the selling target. Ow, by the way do you know what is meant by Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro?
Windows 8 RT is a special version from Windows 8, it was built by ARM machine and intel x86. Even so, there’s a deep difference between Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. If you want to buy Windows 8, but you don’t know what inside it, you’d better read this SOT’s article, since SOT will give you information about the difference between Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. It will decide which version you should buy. It’s better than buying the wrong stuff, isn’t it?
#1 – Price
According to the price, Windows 8 Pro has been available in the market as upgrade version of previous Windows’ versions. If you upgrade it online, you need to pay $40 in previous October 26th, while if you select upgrade in DVD version, you need to buy it in store for $70 by Pre order. If you have Widnows 7 which you bought between June 2nd to January 3rd 2013 you can upgrade to Windows 8 by paying $15. So, for you who want to turn into Windows 8, you have to owe Windows original first, then you can do upgrade. For you who don’t have its original version, you should be patient since Microsoft hasn’t officially published standalone version from Windows 8 Pro.
For Windows 8 RT, you cannot buy whether upgrade version or standalone, since Windows 8 RT is sold along with devices like Microsoft Surface RT or other OEM Microsoft’s partners.
If Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT are sold altogether with their device, surely the far cheaper stuff would be Windows 8 RT.
#2 – Hardware
Windows 8 Pro is built using processor x86 with Intel or AMD chip, which will work as common computer. While Windows 8 RT is built using ARM processor which commonly used by smartphone and tablet. Surely it has different ability.
#3 – Battery Life
Since Windows 8 Pro came with common ability and hardware, battery power needed surely would be bigger. It is predicted, the battery life would be about 6 and 8 hours. While for Windows RT, it could last longer, about 8 and 13 hours. One of Microsoft partners, Dell with their product, XPS 10 RT Tablet is able to survive 20 hours.
#4 – Appearance
In a glance, Windows 8 Pro and RT appearance looks similar, however, they are different. Windows 8 Pro run using full features, whether desktop mode or start screen, while for Windows 8 RT the desktop mode is far difference from Windows 8 Pro. You cannot run third-party software like Firefox or Chrome.
#5 –Software Support
For Windows 8 Pro you don’t need to worry, since it’s able to run all software, whether from third-party like Firefox, VirtualBox and many more. Even From Windows Store, you can download and run it.
While for Windows 8 RT, it only supports software from Windows Store and it contained built-in version from Microsoft like Office 2013. It means, software you run in Windows 8 RT will only be able to be used if it is approved by Microsoft and exists in Windows Store. Recently, there are about 5000 applications in Windows Store, 90% some of them are compatible with Windows RT. Unfortunately, Windows 8 RT has no Windows Media Player, so it uses Xbox Music.
#6 – Conclusion
You’d probably ask, which one is better to be bought? According to SOT, it depends on your needs. If you want operating system as usual, you’d better buy Windows 8 Pro. By using Windows 8 Pro, you can run software you commonly used. But if you need tablet, you can select Windows 8 RT.