In a blog post talking Windows RT, the feature limited version of Windows 8, Microsoft has confirmed partners building hardware for the platform. There has been speculation of the companies involved in development; partners including HP pulled out of Windows RT development.
You’re probably not going to be surprised at the partners developing for Windows RT
Dell, Samsung, and Lenovo are confirmed developers for Windows RT. You’re probably not surprised, but we at least have news of partners working on Microsoft’s feature-limited version of Windows 8.
Dell’s vice president of its PC product group, Sam Burd, said the company’s tablet for Windows RT is going to take the advantages of the new ecosystem that Windows 8. Dell continued by referring to consumers at work and home, and Dell will share more soon.
Microsoft said in the blog post each partner has committed to sharing early iterations of products, and both sides refined designs through development and testing. Microsoft added the result is a fast and fluid touch interface, a key design element in the Modern UI. Tablets will have a long battery life, thin and light designs, and connected standby mode.
Microsoft showed two iterations of the same product, with the keyboard from Asus becoming significantly thinner and having a grey color rather than vanilla white. The bezel also seemed widened, and the length of the screen may have possibly been shortened.
You may not have heard of connected standby before, and Microsoft offers an explanation for unfamiliar users. It describes devices always on and always connected, while reducing battery life usage. Not-in-use Windows RT devices will stay connected without requiring a battery charge for days, and turns on in less than a second. So in theory you could go on a short holiday and come back to resume where you left off.
Microsoft gave a couple of example figures. HD video runs for between 8 and 13 hours, while connected standby runs for between 320 and 409 hours. That’s a bit longer than a few days.
Microsoft has shown us previously the boot-up time for Windows 8, which loads programs – or apps as they’re now called – while the operating system loads. Windows 7, for example, loads the majority of programs after booting up. It means a slower overall boot time for the latter.