Microsoft Surface RT update improves performance, apps open quicker

Microsoft Surface RT update improves performance, apps open quickerIt hasn’t been the best of starts for the ARM-powered Microsoft Surface RT tablet, with modest sales, reduced forecasts, audio issues and split covers, and the revelation that the OS takes up 16GB on the 32GB model.

On the plus side, alongside updates for Windows 8, Microsoft has rolled out seven patches for the Surface RT. Huzzah?

The seven Microsoft Surface RT patches haven’t made a great deal of difference, other than general “performance improvements”.

The Verge’s Tom compared a patched Microsoft Surface RT with an unpatched model, and noted that apps appear to launch a tad quicker, around two seconds faster than before.

Two of the seven Microsoft Surface RT patches pertain to Windows RT security issues. Not massively exciting, but important nonetheless. Prob’ly.

Unfortunately, the Microsoft Surface RT patches don’t address the aforementioned audio issue, though it’s thought that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, iDevice-style.

We expect many potential buyers will hold off for the full-fat Windows 8 version of the Microsoft Surface – the Surface Pro. It’s expected earlyish next year, though it’ll cost a fair bit more.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2012 at 18:44

Fangtastic

Pondlife  Nov. 14, 2012 at 21:46

Sure those dozen users will be very happy

Woodzta  Nov. 14, 2012 at 23:04

Windows RT tablets are a ridiculous price. Many/if not most of the non-Apple buyers already think that about Apple, and yet, you're not Apple. I would like a Surface, but not at £400 for the most basic edition. If that's the end of your pricing stragegy, then you're idiots Microsoft... and I'll either buy an Android tablet or wait for a reasonable spec Win7 upgradeable tablet apart from the Iconia W500.

Pondlife  Nov. 14, 2012 at 23:24

If you mean to upgrade to RT from win7 then you can't do that. RT only available installed.

Stelph  Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:49

Windows RT tablets are a ridiculous price. Many/if not most of the non-Apple buyers already think that about Apple, and yet, you're not Apple. I would like a Surface, but not at £400 for the most basic edition. If that's the end of your pricing stragegy, then you're idiots Microsoft... and I'll either buy an Android tablet or wait for a reasonable spec Win7 upgradeable tablet apart from the Iconia W500.

The pricing is interesting, although their not accurate obviously the teardowns and pricings of components I have seen have placed the iPad and Surface at aroud the same kind of price, so obviously Microsfoft has gone with the same strategy of trying to make a profit/maintain the "premium image" of the surface.

Compare that to the Nexus 7 and iPad mini which also apparently have similar costs, where as Google have hugely slashed their profits in order to get a foothold in the market.

I do think the Surface is probably being aimed as the "top of the range" windows RT device and that they are probably hoping/pushing for other manufacturers to bring out a cheaper version to steal market share, its just as has been reported no-one has stepped up to the plate and no-one seems willing to take the plunge (probably scared off by the WebOS and Playbook disasters)

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:00

Well at least they can still make a slight profit when they have to plunge the price to get any kind of traction then... They should have told the team making the adverts too as it looks bit of a toy as they dance around with them..

On an offshoot, read a gizmodo review of the full windows 8 Samsung Ativ smart pc 500t earlier seems like it's rather struggling, but they mention photoshop running on it albeit slowly

martynedwardsis  Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:43

Windows 8 on PC is GREAT!, Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8 is GREAT! & Surface RT is GREAT! ALL seamlessly syncing with each other without hardly any effort at all.......PERFECT!......Have had iPad/iPhone GREAT! products for fun stuff but don't do it for me as a business user!

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:05

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martynedwardsis  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:11

No......a just a regular guy in the UK who like most consumers think Microsoft, Apple, Google etc are all doing amazing wonders with mobile/computer tech..........The decision is which one works for you!

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:24

Ok I'll bite why is surface rt GREAT and what does it offer that others don't?

martynedwardsis  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:40

I am not a POWER user but my work/business life runs around Microsoft Office's Word, Excel & Powerpoint. Yes you can get all this via iOS & Android apps but experience with iOS showed me they are not quite the same. The great thing about Surface is you have two things in one. A pad with apps for the entertainment stuff and a pad with desktop aka my previous (lifetime) Windows experience. My PC UI is identical to the Surface UI and the W8 Phone (but no desktop) UI is identical too! and as all previous stateted all effortlessly synce/linked via 7GB (more than enough for me) free Sky Drive cloud storage .........It just works for me

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:57

Well except the Surface RT doesn't have desktop aka your previous windows experience... need Surface pro for that.

Also unless paying for the license separately the office isn't licensed for business use either.

martynedwardsis  Nov. 15, 2012 at 16:22

It does have "desktop" albeit only running Microsoft Office albeit only running office, perfect again for me. Pro will be twice the price? Expandable memory, I put in a 64GB micro SD, USB to connect a multitude of peripherals, I like to use a wireless mouse,job done. If I feel the need to be swishy & swipey can just go into pad mode removing that AWESOME! Touch cover/keyboard....Hey it's all about personal preference, working with it for a few weeks now & as I said WORKS for me

Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 16:32

Seems to be a problem with the caps lock on your device.
And I didn't mention memory or peripherals, just that the rt doesn't do desktop and it doesn't.
Working with it a few weeks somewhat surprising under the circumstances.

martynedwardsis  Nov. 15, 2012 at 16:45

It does and there is built in app for it?? Am communicating on phone & we all know those tiny keys hence the occasional typo/error. Yes it's not a fully fledged laptop/pc that can run other programmes outside of Office but it is v.light compared to my POWERFUL but heavy & chunky laptop (which will stay in office) It's a GREAT hybrid solution between work & play

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