The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is already shipping out to lucky customers and, while we had our hands-on with the slate and our own unit’s unboxing, reports are generating a lot of controversy related to Windows RT and its capabilities. Furthermore, there also happens to be a lot of confusion regarding Windows RT and Windows 8.
Regardless, the folks at PhoneArena apparently went down to a Microsoft Store to check the tablets out and one rep there was trying to reportedly convince them that “Windows RT is nearly identical to Windows 8”. While this might be the case at a first, layman look at the tiles on the Home screen, it definitely is not when it comes down to the operating system itself.
Windows 8 can run all of the Windows applications out there, legacy or RT. Windows RT on the other hand can only run the apps pre-installed plus those available in the Windows Store. That’s a huge difference! Whether the store rep was also confused about this or this is what Microsoft is using in order to drive sales is yet unknown.
Pocketnow readers are knowledgeable enough to know better but for those out there who don’t happen to be technically-educated enough to know this is something to watch out for. What do you think went down? A sales rep’s trying to close a sale, a confused sales rep trying to present a product or Microsoft scheming in order to drive sales? Or, there’s always another option: is the rep right?