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Is Windows 8 RT still a thing?

I've noticed a few cheap tablets selling with Windows 8.1, like the Link7 for £60(!).

My understanding was the cheap tablets ran Windows 8 RT, not full Windows 8. Is that still the case, or has Microsoft ended RT?

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 12, 2014 at 17:41

Afaik, most OEMs weren't happy with Windows RT from the get go. Win 8.1 is cheaper for Manufacturers than previous versions of Windows. So: good times!
Windows RT was a hare-brained idea.

Archduke Franz  Dec. 14, 2014 at 17:47

Yes, pretty pointless really, I feel like a bit of a mug paying £480 for the Surface RT upon release. Great and snappy bit of kit, but it's fairly limited, at least they finally got around to offering Outlook 2013 for it though.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 14, 2014 at 18:28

I guess we have all bought something way more stupid, Archduke Franz

Archduke Franz  Dec. 14, 2014 at 22:18

Yes, certainly! I sold it for £100 to my Polish friend after pretty much a year of it gathering dust, but was still being tempted by the Lumia 2520 offers the last few months, I guess I just love red plastic.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 14, 2014 at 23:10

:D

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 16, 2014 at 09:56

See if you can get Surface Pro 2 on sale somewhere. Pro 3 is much better, but it also twice the price now.
Keep in mind that there are no good Metro apps available. You pretty much buying a laptop in a tablet form.

Archduke Franz  Dec. 17, 2014 at 02:32

Thanks, I'll keep a lookout, I'd love to have something like that for playing Football Manager on flights, the problem with Surface RT was there wasn't much available apart from stuff you could easily just play on your phone.

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 17, 2014 at 09:37

For playing games Windows is terrible. Most games (when it comes to new ones) are made for desktop hardware and quite slow on any tablet or laptop.
Another bad thing is battery use. It seems none of Windows games are designed with battery in mind. My surface last around 2-2.5 hours game playing vs. 5+ of Skype talk. And I'm talking about really old games, like Half-Life 2.

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