What’s the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?

reposted from www.microsoft.com

Windows RT contains many of the same features as Windows 8, but is a new operating system for thin and light PCs. Some of the features of Windows 8 and Windows RT are:

  • Fluid, intuitive, and easy-to-use interface design that you can easily customize.
  • Built in apps like Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive with many more apps available in the Windows Store.
  • Internet Explorer 10, for fast, intuitive browsing.
  • Touch-enabled so you can interact with Windows in a whole new way.
  • Mouse and keyboard–enabled so you can be as productive as you need to be.

Windows RT also includes some different features:

  • Windows Update and Windows Defender are always on and up to date making your PC more secure.
  • Device encryption provides advanced data protection to help keep your information more secure.
  • The PC can turn on instantly with connected standby.
  • Comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview, providing you with touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For more details, see “Where do I get more information about Office on Windows RT” below.

Some features aren’t included in Windows RT:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • HomeGroup creation (you can join an existing HomeGroup but you can’t create a new one)
  • Remote Desktop
  • Domain join

Although you can install apps directly from the Windows Store, you can’t install apps on the desktop on Windows RT.

You can only install printers, mice, keyboards, and other devices that are certified for Windows RT.