Windows RT

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Microsoft Windows RT, during the development phase as well as Windows on ARM ( WOA short ), is a version of the Windows operating system from Microsoft for devices based on the ARM architecture, such as tablet computers. It was completed August 1, 2012, will be delivered exclusively with new appliances and is therefore not to purchase as a standalone product for end users.

Windows RT has much in common with Windows 8, since both significant parts of the same source code to use and based on the same kernel.

Windows RT had to fight with very weak sales figures, which has prompted many manufacturers to discontinue sale of RT tablets completely. Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 to be 2015 combines into a single operating system for devices with ARM architecture.

  • 2.1 Operating System
  • 2.2 Application Compatibility

Device Requirements

Microsoft writes the following minimum requirements for Windows 8 logo -certified devices from:


  • Accelerometer: 3-axis with a data rate of at least 50 Hz
  • Screen: resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels
  • Firmware: UEFI
  • Graphics: Direct3D 10 compatible with WDDM 1.2 driver
  • Gyroscope
  • Camera: 720p
  • Speaker
  • Magnetometer (for example, compass)
  • Networking: Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Memory: At least 10 GB available after the initial installation
  • Ambient light sensor: 1,000-30,000 lux (dynamic range 5000-60000 lux)
  • USB 2.0: At least one controller and an open interface

5-point digitizers

Touch-sensitive devices must have digitizers that support at least five touch points.

Hardware switch

Tablet computer or convertible PCs must have four hardware switch:

  • Off switch
  • Windows key
  • Increase the volume
  • Reduce volume

The Windows key case must have a minimum diameter of 10.5 millimeters.

Combination switch for Ctrl Alt Del

Devices without a fixed built-in keyboard must support the switch combination "Windows button on / off switch" as an alternative for the key combination " Ctrl Alt Del" ( " death grip ").


The device must support without rebooting to update the graphics card driver.


Operating system

Windows components such as BitLocker, Remote Desktop, Storage Spaces or Windows Media Player, and the ability to join or manage the device in the Active Directory of a domain, are not supported. However, it is possible to manage Windows RT devices via Windows Intune.

Application Compatibility

Unlike the based on AMD and Intel processors, 32 -bit and 64 -bit version of the Windows 8 operating system can be installed and run on Windows RT only Windows Store apps. One exception is the default shipped with the operating system Win32 - based desktop programs such as Notepad or Internet Explorer, and Office 2013 RT, a package consisting of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Since upgrading to Windows RT 8.1 and Outlook is included.


Microsoft released on October 26, 2012, the Surface tablet on the market, and Asus also in October 2012, the Tablet VivoTab RT TF600T. . , Dell, Lenovo and Samsung released devices due to the low demand Samsung renounced the end of 2012 to a distribution of his device in the U.S. and in March 2013 the sales in Germany was set; Hewlett- Packard has canceled plans for a Windows RT device. Asus announced in July 2013, due to lack of demand not to build Windows RT devices more and Lenovo plans to abandon Windows RT. Dell hired to sell its tablets in September 2013. In the second quarter of 2013 were equipped with Windows RT 200,000 of a total 45.1 million tablets sold.

On September 23, 2013, the second generation of the Surface RT tablet was unveiled by Microsoft. The device is available since October 22.

On October 22, 2013, the Finnish manufacturer Nokia has introduced its first tablet based on Windows RT 8.1 introduced the Lumia 2520 .. The tablet is first brought to market in U.S., UK and Finland. From April 10, 2014, the device will be available in Germany.