The new Windows 8 Tablets are coming up on their 6 month birthday. They are slowly being accepted in the public. Any major new retrofit of computer OS’s these days take some getting used to, especially when Microsoft does it. The Windows 8 tablet interface does take some time to get used to but the hardware underneath is still very much mainstream. Did you ever wonder what’s under the hood?
Windows tablets hardware comes in three categories. Based on their processors they offer different capabilities:
Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors. These are typically higher-powered tablets offering notebook-like performance and larger amounts of memory, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise operating systems using familiar x86/x64 processors from Intel and AMD. These can run existing desktop apps, as well as new Windows Store apps and new Windows line-of-business apps. These tablets can be a full PC replacement for business customers as they are able to run any workload that people require.
Windows 8 tablets with Intel Atom processors. These use system-on-chip (SoC) designs to achieve greater mobility through their lightweight design and long battery life. They support 32-bit Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise operating systems. These can run existing desktop apps as well as new Windows Store and new Windows line-of-business apps. These tablets also support the new “Connected Standby” capability that enables devices with long battery life, turn on instantly and are always up-to-date, meaning new Windows apps that rely on cloud or server data update information even when the device is turned off.
Windows RT tablets with ARM processors. These also achieve greater mobility since they’re lightweight and have a long battery life, leveraging 32-bit ARM processor-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs. These tablets come preconfigured with Windows RT to give people a more predictable experience, both from the moment they are first turned on and over time. These tablets are able to run Windows Store apps, but it’s important to note that existing desktop apps cannot be installed. Office Home & Student 2013 RT is included though, so Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are available, although businesses will need to license this properly for commercial use. These tablets also support the new “Connected Standby” capability, and come with come in-box with driver support for the majority of PC peripherals that can be connected through the USB port.