Overview of the Windows RT operating system - tablets from Microsoft. Part 2

In the second part of the review, we will focus on important aspects of Windows RT that may be unexpected for users.

Content:

Update system - principles of operation and timing

Windows RT didn't philosophize, but simply moved the update policy and principles from the desktop version of Windows. This means that each program, as well as the operating system, receives its updates separately. Moreover, unlike iOS / Android, where operating system updates are rare and in the form of a single file, in Windows RT this happens for each component of the system. For example, only the browser or some services can be updated, and so on. In terms of responsiveness, this is a win-win option, which, however, has serious flaws in the mobile world.

The first is the frequency of updates. The operating system checks them every two days and, when an update is received, installs it and then reboots. This flaw cannot be somehow bypassed. After a reboot, all your open applications, work files and other information are not reopened (information is not lost, but the state of the tablet and open programs - none of this) In my opinion, this is a huge drawback for a mobile device and for a tablet.

Another point is the refresh rate. Here I ran into a simply indecent waste of time. For example, installing the MS Office service pack took 45 minutes. And this is after downloading the installation files, only a clean installation on the tablet. Installing the 106 MB Russian language pack took about 10 minutes and also after downloading the file.

Some updates that require a computer restart take tens of minutes to install. For example, in this video you can see how it happens.

I'm not mentally prepared to wait ten minutes for the system to reboot, then to start working with it. It just goes beyond any common sense. And it's also a legacy that Windows RT grew out of the desktop. It seems to me that the update system should be redesigned so that the system starts quickly and the update does not take so much time. It's not pleasant enough to look at the screen and wait for the system to update itself, not really understanding what it is.

Mail client - plus People, Messages, and Calendar

The logic is puzzling why four applications were added to one package at once - "Mail", "Messages", "People" and "Calendar". At the same time, the Metro interface has separate tiles for each function of one application. Let's try to deal with each of them and start with mail.

Mail

On tablets, the quality of the email client becomes an important factor, people read letters, respond to them. The only tablet manufacturer that decided to release a device without mail support was Blackberry - as a result, the company hastily completed the client, as users simply did not realize such a revolutionary approach.

I was expecting a program from Microsoft that, although it will not work like MS Outlook, will present a large number of functions in a light, beautiful package. I was completely disappointed, since the problems begin with the registration of any POP account (there are those in the list, but the program does not support them and asks to change the type to IMAP).

Попытка настроить корпоративную почту у меня провалилась. Попытка настроить мой MS Exchange также провалилась, так как отсутствует пункт «Принимать все SSL-сертификаты». Возможно, что вам повезет или вы пользуетесь исключительно Gmail или иной сетевой Kia почтой, тогда никаких вопросов быть не должно. Но для тех, кто ориентирован на корпоративную почту, тут есть раздолье для головной боли. И это искренне расстраивает.

Другой момент, широко разрекламированный в одном из первых роликов про Surface - долгий старт приложения. Это привычная ситуация для большинства предустановленных программ после перезагрузки системы и до первого вызова. Нужно подождать десяток секунд, повторный вызов занимает от силы пару секунд. Всем планшетам на других ОС программа в этом проигрывает (там нет разницы, первый это запуск или второй, тратится одно и то же время).

In the mail settings, you can find exactly one option - to group mail by conversation. And that's it. If you were expecting something else, for example, filters, the ability to customize mail for yourself more carefully, then there is none of this. In the settings of individual accounts, you can set a signature for messages, specify whether external images will be loaded, set the refresh rate. And nothing more.

My frustration with the mail is indescribable. This is not a working tool, this is a crutch that will suit housewives who write one or two letters and do not require absolutely anything from the program. Considering that it is impossible to install MS Outlook (it is not bundled with MS Office for RT), and there are no other mail programs for RT, I don't know what to say. This is just a fat minus that spoils the impression of the OS and devices on it.

Messages

This part of the application is yet another attempt to take the plunge and offer the consumer the ability to communicate via Live Messenger or Facebook Chat. There are no other options for Messages. It looks all the more curious that Live is disappearing and will be merged with Skype. Facebook Chat directly receives your messages, but there is a small snag. In my case, he lost about half of the messages written to me. Why? Do not know. But he didn’t even understand this issue, since the value of this “application” is rapidly approaching zero. Its clarity, convenience, to put it mildly, do not stand up to criticism.

This is not only a notebook with people's contacts (you can get them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, Hotmail, Google, and also get them on Twitter or Skype). Recently it has become fashionable to add notifications from social networks to such programs, this one is no exception. You can see everything related to messages for you on one screen - such a “tape” looks rosy and saturated - not very convenient. You can also answer from the program. Someone may like the idea of ​​viewing his messages on social networks for each contact. But usually people prefer to read the entire tape. Why they invented the wheel here, I absolutely do not understand. There are third-party clients for social networks, they are much better, although they do not reach the programs on other platforms.

Calendar

Just like Mail, you can't think of a calendar as similar to an application familiar from the desktop version of the OS. This is a heavily stripped-down version. You can make new notes, synchronize with network services. Extremely simple and concise.

MS Office - for students and at home

The main complaints about all Windows tablets before the advent of Windows RT were the presence of fans, short runtime, system gluttony, no different from laptops. And it was not in the full sense of mobile devices.With the release of Windows RT, everything has changed, but Microsoft's logic in the matter of adapting the office is beyond comprehension. So, for Windows RT, only the version for students and home use is offered, it is included in the package. And this is a huge plus, which is widely emphasized. A real office on a tablet. In fact, the office is convenient for viewing files (it reads all formats, there are no problems with this - it is a complete copy of a regular office). You can correct something from time to time (it's long and unusual to do it manually from the screen). But it is absolutely impossible to fully work in the office suite without using the keyboard. This package was simply transferred to Windows RT and minimally adapted for finger control. Most of the menus are very openwork, which creates a dissonance with all programs for tablets, where controls are made visible.

The mystery and inconsistency of this decision also lies in the fact that in the first half of 2013 MS Office will appear for the Android and iOS platforms, the developer, as you might guess, is Microsoft. And these versions are adapted to work with the touch screen. Moreover, they have all the advantages of the current version of Office, and there will also be a Windows RT counterpart. The only difference is that Office for other platforms will have to be purchased, while on RT tablets it comes pre-installed and is usually free.

Another illogical decision is that for some reason Microsoft believes that in the corporate sector they should choose only Surface Pro and similar tablets with fans, low battery life and full-fledged Windows 8. And here any version of MS Office is available there. The problem is that if your organization uses only licensed software, then you cannot legally use Office in Windows RT (there is simply no license and corresponding version for the corporate segment). It doesn’t fit in my head, since it was Windows RT that was created for tablets and this is the company’s main product that can be mobile. Windows 8 does not have the advantages that Windows RT has, although they are spoiled by the company's ideology.

I don't see the point in describing each of the programs included in the package. The OneNote interface is slightly different from a similar program on Windows 8, but the differences are not drastic. Other programs are like two drops of water similar to the desktop version.

In my opinion, the only way to get the most out of MS Office is if you have a keyboard. In its absence, the package is not so convenient in editing mode, but it allows you to view files, if necessary, edit something. And there are a lot of all kinds of “buts”, one of the key ones is whether such a bundle is needed in a tablet. Initially, back to the first iPad, people rushed to buy the Pages program, as well as connect external keyboards to type texts. The number of those who tried to create such a tablet use case was notable. But, according to my observations, this scenario did not take root, after all, the tablet acts as a device for reading information, and not for creating it. In this aspect, I would like to see MS Office as simple and convenient as possible for finger control, quick presentation creation. But not an exact copy of the desktop version, adapted for touch screens.

And what touches me most of all is that when you select a line to enter text in Office programs, the on-screen keyboard does not automatically appear, you have to call it!

For myself, I could not decide whether I like the presence of MS Office on Windows RT or not. In my scenarios of use (a lot of work with text, including on the road), I have never had a desire to try to make edits on a tablet. Sometimes I read texts from the mail, but that's all. Perhaps this is a separate topic for talking about scenarios that we will cover in the MS Surface review. For someone, having a full-fledged Office is vital.

App Store - Software Availability

Windows RT uses the Windows 8 kernel, but that's where the similarities end. In particular, applications for this operating system must be written separately, and their number at the moment is not amazing. About a hundred programs, most of which are of no interest. At all. There are almost no games and they have long been known on other platforms.

I was surprised by the fact that Windows RT apps tend to take up more space than those on iPad or Android. It turned out that the application contains all the graphics for different resolutions (up to 2560x1440 pixels), while on the same iPad, the developer can upload an assembly of the application for a specific resolution in the store. In practical terms, this explains why applications take up more space. I don't see this as a particular problem, I'm embarrassed by the fact that developers' enthusiasm and the emergence of a large number of developments for Windows RT are not yet visible. Usually, developers focus on popular platforms, since in this case the chances of app sales are higher. In the case of Windows RT, the popularity of the platform raises one big question, so you can expect the core applications to come from Microsoft. Just look at the "Games" (New) section to make everything clear with the activity of the developers.

The cost of the applications that are presented is at the level of other platforms or more expensive. The pricing policy does not imply dumping, so there is no need to talk about the greater availability of existing applications at a cost.

Weather

There's no point in describing the Weather app, except that it's the first app I've ever seen that shows ads. This is a pre-installed program and various banners are shown on the third screen. In my opinion, this is disrespectful to buyers of devices on Windows RT. Some manufacturers use advertising (like Amazon), but then they charge less per device, and users consciously subscribe to this model.

Internet Explorer

In the first part of the review, I noted that IE is presented in two variations - on the desktop (maximum settings and the old interface) and in the new Metro UI. In the new version, there are no settings, but there is gesture control (return one page forward or back). This is the tenth Internet Explorer.

The browser is fast, there are no complaints. It displays the content of various sites well, scales to fit the screen, zoom works both with two fingers and by double-clicking on the text. Fast, pleasant and having quite a sufficient number of settings. For all the time I looked at about a hundred sites, I did not experience any problems anywhere. The disadvantages include the lack of synchronization of bookmarks with other computers, but this can be solved by installing add-ons (I did not come across one). But in theory it should appear quickly. It is possible that there is such an option somewhere, but again I could not find it.

Overview of the Windows RT operating system - tablets from Microsoft. Part 2

In the second part of the review, we will focus on important aspects of Windows RT that may be unexpected for users.

Content:

Update system - principles of operation and timing

Windows RT didn't philosophize, but simply moved the update policy and principles from the desktop version of Windows. This means that each program, as well as the operating system, receives its updates separately. Moreover, unlike iOS / Android, where operating system updates are rare and in the form of a single file, in Windows RT this happens for each component of the system. For example, only the browser or some services can be updated, and so on. In terms of responsiveness, this is a win-win option, which, however, has serious flaws in the mobile world.

The first is the frequency of updates. The operating system checks them every two days and, when an update is received, installs it and then reboots. This flaw cannot be somehow bypassed. After a reboot, all your open applications, work files and other information are not reopened (information is not lost, but the state of the tablet and open programs - none of this) In my opinion, this is a huge drawback for a mobile device and for a tablet.

Another point is the refresh rate. Here I ran into a simply indecent waste of time. For example, installing the MS Office service pack took 45 minutes. And this is after downloading the installation files, only a clean installation on the tablet. Installing the 106 MB Russian language pack took about 10 minutes and also after downloading the file.

Some updates that require a computer restart take tens of minutes to install. For example, in this video you can see how it happens.

I'm not mentally prepared to wait ten minutes for the system to reboot, then to start working with it. It just goes beyond any common sense. And it's also a legacy that Windows RT grew out of the desktop. It seems to me that the update system should be redesigned so that the system starts quickly and the update does not take so much time. It's not pleasant enough to look at the screen and wait for the system to update itself, not really understanding what it is.

Mail client - plus People, Messages, and Calendar

The logic is puzzling why four applications were added to one package at once - "Mail", "Messages", "People" and "Calendar". At the same time, the Metro interface has separate tiles for each function of one application. Let's try to deal with each of them and start with mail.

Mail

On tablets, the quality of the email client becomes an important factor, people read letters, respond to them. The only tablet manufacturer that decided to release a device without mail support was Blackberry - as a result, the company hastily completed the client, as users simply did not realize such a revolutionary approach.

I was expecting a program from Microsoft that, although it will not work like MS Outlook, will present a large number of functions in a light, beautiful package. I was completely disappointed, since the problems begin with the registration of any POP account (there are those in the list, but the program does not support them and asks to change the type to IMAP).

My attempt to set up corporate mail failed. An attempt to set up my MS Exchange also failed because the "Accept all SSL certificates" option is missing. You may be lucky or you use exclusively Gmail or other network Kia mail, then there should be no questions. But for those who are focused on corporate mail, there is room for a headache. And it's genuinely frustrating.

Another thing that was widely publicized in one of the first Surface videos was the slow start of the app. This is a common situation for most pre-installed programs after a system reboot and before the first call. You need to wait a dozen seconds, a second call takes a couple of seconds at most. For all tablets on other OSes, the program loses in this (there is no difference whether it is the first launch or the second, the same time is spent).

In the mail settings, you can find exactly one option - to group mail by conversation. And that's it. If you were expecting something else, for example, filters, the ability to customize mail for yourself more carefully, then there is none of this. In the settings of individual accounts, you can set a signature for messages, specify whether external images will be loaded, set the refresh rate. And nothing more.

My frustration with the mail is indescribable. This is not a working tool, this is a crutch that will suit housewives who write one or two letters and do not require absolutely anything from the program. Considering that it is impossible to install MS Outlook (it is not bundled with MS Office for RT), and there are no other mail programs for RT, I don't know what to say. This is just a fat minus that spoils the impression of the OS and devices on it.

Messages

This part of the app is yet another attempt to take the plunge and offer the consumer the ability to communicate via Live Messenger or Facebook Chat. There are no other options for Messages. It looks all the more curious that Live is disappearing and will be merged with Skype. Facebook Chat directly receives your messages, but there is a small snag. In my case, he lost about half of the messages written to me. Why? Do not know. But he didn’t even understand this issue, since the value of this “application” is rapidly approaching zero. Its clarity, convenience, to put it mildly, do not stand up to criticism.

This is not only a notebook with people's contacts (you can get them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, Hotmail, Google, and also get them on Twitter or Skype). Recently it has become fashionable to add notifications from social networks to such programs, this one is no exception. You can see everything related to messages for you on one screen - such a “tape” looks rosy and saturated - not very convenient. You can also answer from the program. Someone may like the idea of ​​viewing his messages on social networks for each contact. But usually people prefer to read the entire tape. Why they invented the wheel here, I absolutely do not understand. There are third-party clients for social networks, they are much better, although they do not reach the programs on other platforms.

Calendar

Just like Mail, you can't think of a calendar as similar to an application familiar from the desktop version of the OS. This is a heavily stripped-down version. You can make new notes, synchronize with network services. Extremely simple and concise.

MS Office - for students and at home

The main complaints about all Windows tablets before the advent of Windows RT were the presence of fans, short runtime, system gluttony, no different from laptops. And it was not in the full sense of mobile devices. With the release of Windows RT, everything has changed, but Microsoft's logic in the matter of adapting the office is beyond comprehension.So, for Windows RT, only the version for students and home use is offered, it is included in the package. And this is a huge plus, which is widely emphasized. A real office on a tablet. In fact, the office is convenient for viewing files (it reads all formats, there are no problems with this - it is a complete copy of a regular office). You can correct something from time to time (it's long and unusual to do it manually from the screen). But it is absolutely impossible to fully work in the office suite without using the keyboard. This package was simply transferred to Windows RT and minimally adapted for finger control. Most of the menus are very openwork, which creates a dissonance with all programs for tablets, where controls are made visible.

The mystery and inconsistency of this decision also lies in the fact that in the first half of 2013 MS Office will appear for the Android and iOS platforms, the developer, as you might guess, is Microsoft. And these versions are adapted to work with the touch screen. Moreover, they have all the advantages of the current version of Office, and there will also be a Windows RT counterpart. The only difference is that Office for other platforms will have to be purchased, while on RT tablets it comes pre-installed and is usually free.

Another illogical decision is that for some reason Microsoft believes that in the corporate sector they should choose only Surface Pro and similar tablets with fans, low battery life and full-fledged Windows 8. And here any version of MS Office is available there. The problem is that if your organization uses only licensed software, then you cannot legally use Office in Windows RT (there is simply no license and corresponding version for the corporate segment). It doesn’t fit in my head, since it was Windows RT that was created for tablets and this is the company’s main product that can be mobile. Windows 8 does not have the advantages that Windows RT has, although they are spoiled by the company's ideology.

I don't see the point in describing each of the programs included in the package. The OneNote interface is slightly different from a similar program on Windows 8, but the differences are not drastic. Other programs are like two drops of water similar to the desktop version.

In my opinion, the only way to get the most out of MS Office is if you have a keyboard. In its absence, the package is not so convenient in editing mode, but it allows you to view files, if necessary, edit something. And there are a lot of all kinds of “buts”, one of the key ones is whether such a bundle is needed in a tablet. Initially, back to the first iPad, people rushed to buy the Pages program, as well as connect external keyboards to type texts. The number of those who tried to create such a tablet use case was notable. But, according to my observations, this scenario did not take root, after all, the tablet acts as a device for reading information, and not for creating it. In this aspect, I would like to see MS Office as simple and convenient as possible for finger control, quick presentation creation. But not an exact copy of the desktop version, adapted for touch screens.

And what touches me most of all is that when you select a line to enter text in Office programs, the on-screen keyboard does not automatically appear, you have to call it!

For myself, I could not decide whether I like the presence of MS Office on Windows RT or not. In my scenarios of use (a lot of work with text, including on the road), I have never had a desire to try to make edits on a tablet. Sometimes I read texts from the mail, but that's all. Perhaps this is a separate topic for talking about scenarios that we will cover in the MS Surface review. For someone, having a full-fledged Office is vital.

App Store - Software Availability

Windows RT uses the Windows 8 kernel, but that's where the similarities end. In particular, applications for this operating system must be written separately, and their number at the moment is not amazing. About a hundred programs, most of which are of no interest. At all. There are almost no games and they have long been known on other platforms.

I was surprised by the fact that Windows RT apps tend to take up more space than those on iPad or Android. It turned out that the application contains all the graphics for different resolutions (up to 2560x1440 pixels), while on the same iPad, the developer can upload an assembly of the application for a specific resolution in the store. In practical terms, this explains why applications take up more space. I don't see this as a particular problem, I'm embarrassed by the fact that developers' enthusiasm and the emergence of a large number of developments for Windows RT are not yet visible. Usually, developers focus on popular platforms, since in this case the chances of app sales are higher. In the case of Windows RT, the popularity of the platform raises one big question, so you can expect the core applications to come from Microsoft. Just look at the "Games" (New) section to make everything clear with the activity of the developers.

The cost of the applications that are presented is at the level of other platforms or more expensive. The pricing policy does not imply dumping, so there is no need to talk about the greater availability of existing applications at a cost.

Weather

There's no point in describing the Weather app, except that it's the first app I've ever seen that shows ads. This is a pre-installed program and various banners are shown on the third screen. In my opinion, this is disrespectful to buyers of devices on Windows RT. Some manufacturers use advertising (like Amazon), but then they charge less per device, and users consciously subscribe to this model.

Internet Explorer

In the first part of the review, I noted that IE is presented in two variations - on the desktop (maximum settings and the old interface) and in the new Metro UI. In the new version, there are no settings, but there is gesture control (return one page forward or back). This is the tenth Internet Explorer.

The browser is fast, there are no complaints. It displays the content of various sites well, scales to fit the screen, zoom works both with two fingers and by double-clicking on the text. Fast, pleasant and having quite a sufficient number of settings. For all the time I looked at about a hundred sites, I did not experience any problems anywhere. The disadvantages include the lack of synchronization of bookmarks with other computers, but this can be solved by installing add-ons (I did not come across one). But in theory it should appear quickly. It is possible that somewhere there is such an option, but again I could not find it.

Overview of the Windows RT operating system - tablets from Microsoft. Part 2

In the second part of the review, we will focus on important aspects of Windows RT that may be unexpected for users.

Content:

Update system - principles of operation and timing

Windows RT didn't philosophize, but simply transferred the update policy and principles from the desktop version of Windows. This means that each program, as well as the operating system, receives its updates separately. Moreover, unlike iOS / Android, where operating system updates are rare and in the form of a single file, in Windows RT this happens for each component of the system. For example, only the browser or some services can be updated, and so on. In terms of speed, this is a win-win option, which, however, has serious flaws in the mobile world.

The first is the frequency of updates. The operating system checks them every two days and, when an update is received, installs it and then reboots. This flaw cannot be somehow bypassed. After a reboot, all your open applications, work files and other information are not reopened (information is not lost, but the state of the tablet and open programs - none of this) In my opinion, this is a huge drawback for a mobile device and for a tablet.

Another point is the refresh rate. Here I ran into a simply indecent waste of time. For example, installing the MS Office service pack took 45 minutes. And this is after downloading the installation files, only a clean installation on the tablet. Installing the 106 MB Russian language pack took about 10 minutes and also after downloading the file.

Some updates that require a computer restart take tens of minutes to install. For example, in this video you can see how it happens.

I'm not mentally prepared to wait ten minutes for the system to reboot, then to start working with it. It just goes beyond any common sense. And it's also a legacy that Windows RT grew out of the desktop. It seems to me that the update system should be redesigned so that the system starts quickly and the update does not take so much time. It is not pleasant to look at the screen and wait for the system to update itself, not really understanding what it is.

Mail client - plus People, Messages, and Calendar

The logic is puzzling why four applications were added to one package at once - "Mail", "Messages", "People" and "Calendar". At the same time, the Metro interface has separate tiles for each function of one application. Let's try to deal with each of them and start with mail.

Mail

On tablets, the quality of the email client becomes an important factor, people read letters, respond to them. The only tablet manufacturer that decided to release a device without mail support was Blackberry - as a result, the company hastily completed the client, as users simply did not realize such a revolutionary approach.

My frustration with the mail is indescribable. This is not a working tool, this is a crutch that will suit housewives who write one or two letters and do not require absolutely anything from the program. Considering that it is impossible to install MS Outlook (it is not bundled with MS Office for RT), and there are no other mail programs for RT, I don't know what to say. This is just a fat minus that spoils the impression of the OS and devices on it.

Messages

This part of the application is yet another attempt to take the plunge and offer the consumer the ability to communicate via Live Messenger or Facebook Chat. There are no other options for Messages. It looks all the more curious that Live is disappearing and will be merged with Skype. Facebook Chat directly receives your messages, but there is a small snag. In my case, he lost about half of the messages written to me. Why? Do not know. But he didn’t even understand this issue, since the value of this “application” is rapidly approaching zero. Its clarity, convenience, to put it mildly, do not stand up to criticism.

This is not only a notebook with people's contacts (you can get them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, Hotmail, Google, and also get them on Twitter or Skype). Recently it has become fashionable to add notifications from social networks to such programs, this one is no exception. You can see everything related to messages for you on one screen - such a “tape” looks rosy and saturated - not very convenient. You can also answer from the program. Someone may like the idea of ​​viewing his messages on social networks for each contact. But usually people prefer to read the entire tape. Why they invented the wheel here, I absolutely do not understand. There are third-party clients for social networks, they are much better, although they do not reach the programs on other platforms.

Calendar

Just like Mail, you can't think of a calendar as similar to an application familiar from the desktop version of the OS. This is a heavily stripped-down version. You can make new notes, synchronize with network services. Extremely simple and concise.

MS Office - for students and at home

The main complaints about all Windows tablets before the advent of Windows RT were the presence of fans, short battery life, system gluttony, no different from laptops. And it was not in the full sense of mobile devices. With the release of Windows RT, everything has changed, but Microsoft's logic in the matter of adapting the office is beyond comprehension.So, for Windows RT, only the version for students and home use is offered, it is included in the package. And this is a huge plus, which is widely emphasized. A real office on a tablet. In fact, the office is convenient for viewing files (it reads all formats, there are no problems with this - it is a complete copy of a regular office). You can correct something from time to time (it's long and unusual to do it manually from the screen). But it is absolutely impossible to fully work in the office suite without using the keyboard. This package was simply transferred to Windows RT and minimally adapted for finger control. Most of the menus are very openwork, which creates a dissonance with all programs for tablets, where controls are made visible.

The mystery and inconsistency of this decision also lies in the fact that in the first half of 2013 MS Office will appear for the Android and iOS platforms, the developer, as you might guess, is Microsoft. And these versions are adapted to work with the touch screen. Moreover, they have all the advantages of the current version of Office, and there will also be a Windows RT counterpart. The only difference is that Office for other platforms will have to be purchased, while on RT tablets it comes pre-installed and is usually free.

Another illogical decision is that for some reason Microsoft believes that in the corporate sector they should choose only Surface Pro and similar tablets with fans, low battery life and full-fledged Windows 8. And here any version of MS Office is available there. The problem is that if your organization uses only licensed software, then you cannot legally use Office in Windows RT (there is simply no license and corresponding version for the corporate segment). It doesn’t fit in my head, since it was Windows RT that was created for tablets and this is the company’s main product that can be mobile. Windows 8 does not have the advantages that Windows RT has, although they are spoiled by the company's ideology.

I don't see the point in describing each of the programs included in the package. The OneNote interface is slightly different from a similar program on Windows 8, but the differences are not drastic. Other programs are like two drops of water similar to the desktop version.

In my opinion, the only way to get the most out of MS Office is if you have a keyboard. In its absence, the package is not so convenient in editing mode, but it allows you to view files, if necessary, edit something. And there are a lot of all kinds of “buts”, one of the key ones is whether such a bundle is needed in a tablet. Initially, back to the first iPad, people rushed to buy the Pages program, as well as connect external keyboards to type texts. The number of those who tried to create such a tablet use case was notable. But, according to my observations, this scenario did not take root, after all, the tablet acts as a device for reading information, and not for creating it. In this aspect, I would like to see MS Office as simple and convenient as possible for finger control, quick presentation creation. But not an exact copy of the desktop version, adapted for touch screens.

And what touches me most of all is that when you select a line to enter text in Office programs, the on-screen keyboard does not automatically appear, you have to call it!

For myself, I could not decide whether I like the presence of MS Office on Windows RT or not. In my scenarios of use (a lot of work with text, including on the road), I have never had a desire to try to make edits on a tablet. Sometimes I read texts from the mail, but that's all. Perhaps this is a separate topic for talking about scenarios that we will cover in the MS Surface review. For someone, having a full-fledged Office is vital.

App Store - Software Availability

Windows RT uses the Windows 8 kernel, but that's where the similarities end. In particular, applications for this operating system must be written separately, and their number at the moment is not amazing. About a hundred programs, most of which are of no interest. At all. There are almost no games and they have long been known on other platforms.

I was surprised by the fact that Windows RT apps tend to take up more space than those on iPad or Android. It turned out that the application contains all the graphics for different resolutions (up to 2560x1440 pixels), while on the same iPad, the developer can upload an assembly of the application for a specific resolution in the store. In practical terms, this explains why applications take up more space. I don't see this as a particular problem, I'm embarrassed by the fact that developers' enthusiasm and the emergence of a large number of developments for Windows RT are not yet visible. Usually, developers focus on popular platforms, since in this case the chances of app sales are higher. In the case of Windows RT, the popularity of the platform raises one big question, so you can expect the core applications to come from Microsoft. Just look at the "Games" (New) section to make everything clear with the activity of the developers.

The browser is fast, there are no complaints. It displays the content of various sites well, scales to fit the screen, zoom works both with two fingers and by double-clicking on the text. Fast, pleasant and having quite a sufficient number of settings. For all the time I looked at about a hundred sites, I did not experience any problems anywhere. The disadvantages include the lack of synchronization of bookmarks with other computers, but this can be solved by installing add-ons (I did not come across one). But in theory it should appear quickly. It is possible that there is such an option somewhere, but again I could not find it.

Overview of the Windows RT operating system - tablets from Microsoft. Part 2

In the second part of the review, we will focus on important aspects of Windows RT that may be unexpected for users.

Content:

Update system - principles of operation and timing

Windows RT didn't philosophize, but simply moved the update policy and principles from the desktop version of Windows. This means that each program, as well as the operating system, receives its updates separately. Moreover, unlike iOS / Android, where operating system updates are rare and in the form of a single file, in Windows RT this happens for each component of the system. For example, only the browser or some services can be updated, and so on. In terms of responsiveness, this is a win-win option, which, however, has serious flaws in the mobile world.

The first is the frequency of updates. The operating system checks them every two days and, when an update is received, installs it and then reboots. This flaw cannot be somehow bypassed. After a reboot, all your open applications, work files and other information are not reopened (information is not lost, but the state of the tablet and open programs - none of this) In my opinion, this is a huge drawback for a mobile device and for a tablet.

Another point is the refresh rate. Here I ran into a simply indecent waste of time. For example, installing the MS Office service pack took 45 minutes. And this is after downloading the installation files, only a clean installation on the tablet. Installing the 106 MB Russian language pack took about 10 minutes and also after downloading the file.

Some updates that require a computer restart take tens of minutes to install. For example, in this video you can see how it happens.

I'm not mentally prepared to wait ten minutes for the system to reboot, then to start working with it. It just goes beyond any common sense. And it's also a legacy that Windows RT grew out of the desktop. It seems to me that the update system should be redesigned so that the system starts quickly and the update does not take so much time. It is not pleasant to look at the screen and wait for the system to update itself, not really understanding what it is.

Mail client - plus People, Messages, and Calendar

The logic is puzzling why four applications were added to one package at once - "Mail", "Messages", "People" and "Calendar". At the same time, the Metro interface has separate tiles for each function of one application. Let's try to deal with each of them and start with mail.

Mail

On tablets, the quality of the email client becomes an important factor, people read letters, respond to them. The only tablet manufacturer that decided to release a device without mail support was Blackberry - as a result, the company hastily completed the client, as users simply did not realize such a revolutionary approach.

I was expecting a program from Microsoft that, although it will not work like MS Outlook, will present a large number of functions in a light, beautiful package. I was completely disappointed, since the problems begin with the registration of any POP account (there are those in the list, but the program does not support them and asks to change the type to IMAP).

My attempt to set up corporate mail failed. An attempt to set up my MS Exchange also failed because the "Accept all SSL certificates" option is missing. It is possible that you are lucky or you use exclusively Gmail or other Kia network mail, then there should be no questions. But for those who are focused on corporate mail, there is room for a headache. And it's genuinely frustrating.

My attempt to set up corporate mail failed. An attempt to set up my MS Exchange also failed because the "Accept all SSL certificates" option is missing. You may be lucky or use only Gmail or other network Kia Kia mail, then there should be no questions. But for those who are focused on corporate mail, there is room for a headache. And it's genuinely frustrating.

Another thing that was widely publicized in one of the first Surface videos was the slow start of the app. This is a common situation for most pre-installed programs after a system reboot and before the first call. You need to wait a dozen seconds, a second call takes a couple of seconds at most. For all tablets on other OSes, the program loses in this (there is no difference whether it is the first launch or the second, the same time is spent).

In the mail settings, you can find exactly one option - to group mail by conversation. And that's it. If you were expecting something else, for example, filters, the ability to customize mail for yourself more carefully, then there is none of this. In the settings of individual accounts, you can set a signature for messages, specify whether external images will be loaded, set the refresh rate. And nothing more.

My frustration with the mail is indescribable. This is not a working tool, this is a crutch that will suit housewives who write one or two letters and do not require absolutely anything from the program. Considering that it is impossible to install MS Outlook (it is not bundled with MS Office for RT), and there are no other mail programs for RT, I don't know what to say. This is just a fat minus that spoils the impression of the OS and devices on it.

Messages

This part of the application is yet another attempt to take the plunge and offer the consumer the ability to communicate via Live Messenger or Facebook Chat. There are no other options for Messages. It looks all the more curious that Live is disappearing and will be merged with Skype. Facebook Chat directly receives your messages, but there is a small snag. In my case, he lost about half of the messages written to me. Why? Do not know. But he didn’t even understand this issue, since the value of this “application” is rapidly approaching zero. Its clarity, convenience, to put it mildly, do not stand up to criticism.

This is not only a notebook with people's contacts (you can get them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, Hotmail, Google, and also get them on Twitter or Skype). Recently it has become fashionable to add notifications from social networks to such programs, this one is no exception. You can see everything related to messages for you on one screen - such a “tape” looks rosy and saturated - not very convenient. You can also answer from the program. Someone may like the idea of ​​viewing his messages on social networks for each contact. But usually people prefer to read the entire tape. Why they invented the wheel here, I absolutely do not understand. There are third-party clients for social networks, they are much better, although they do not reach the programs on other platforms.

Calendar

Just like Mail, you can't think of a calendar as similar to an application familiar from the desktop version of the OS. This is a heavily stripped-down version. You can make new notes, synchronize with network services. Extremely simple and concise.

MS Office - for students and at home

The main complaints about all Windows tablets before the advent of Windows RT were the presence of fans, short runtime, system gluttony, no different from laptops. And it was not in the full sense of mobile devices. With the release of Windows RT, everything has changed, but Microsoft's logic in the matter of adapting the office is beyond comprehension. So, for Windows RT, only the version for students and home use is offered, it is included in the package. And this is a huge plus, which is widely emphasized. A real office on a tablet. In fact, the office is convenient for viewing files (it reads all formats, there are no problems with this - it is a complete copy of a regular office). You can correct something from time to time (it's long and unusual to do it manually from the screen). But it is absolutely impossible to fully work in the office suite without using the keyboard. This package was simply transferred to Windows RT and minimally adapted for finger control. Most of the menus are very openwork, which creates a dissonance with all programs for tablets, where controls are made visible.

The mystery and inconsistency of this decision also lies in the fact that in the first half of 2013 MS Office will appear for the Android and iOS platforms, the developer, as you might guess, is Microsoft. And these versions are adapted to work with the touch screen. Moreover, they have all the advantages of the current version of Office, and there will also be a Windows RT counterpart. The only difference is that Office for other platforms will have to be purchased, while on RT tablets it comes pre-installed and is usually free.

Another illogical decision is that for some reason Microsoft believes that in the corporate sector they should choose only Surface Pro and similar tablets with fans, low battery life and full-fledged Windows 8. And here any version of MS Office is available there. The problem is that if your organization uses only licensed software, then you cannot legally use Office in Windows RT (there is simply no license and corresponding version for the corporate segment). It doesn’t fit in my head, since it was Windows RT that was created for tablets and this is the company’s main product that can be mobile. Windows 8 does not have the advantages that Windows RT has, although they are spoiled by the company's ideology.

I don't see the point in describing each of the programs included in the package. The OneNote interface is slightly different from a similar program on Windows 8, but the differences are not drastic. Other programs are like two drops of water similar to the desktop version.

In my opinion, the only way to get the most out of MS Office is if you have a keyboard. In its absence, the package is not so convenient in editing mode, but it allows you to view files, if necessary, edit something. And there are a lot of all kinds of “buts”, one of the key ones is whether such a bundle is needed in a tablet. Initially, back to the first iPad, people rushed to buy the Pages program, as well as connect external keyboards to type texts. The number of those who tried to create such a tablet use case was notable. But, according to my observations, this scenario did not take root, after all, the tablet acts as a device for reading information, and not for creating it. In this aspect, I would like to see MS Office as simple and convenient as possible for finger control, quick presentation creation. But not an exact copy of the desktop version, adapted for touch screens.

And what touches me most of all is that when you select a line to enter text in Office programs, the on-screen keyboard does not automatically appear, you have to call it!

For myself, I could not decide whether I like the presence of MS Office on Windows RT or not. In my scenarios of use (a lot of work with text, including on the road), I have never had a desire to try to make edits on a tablet. Sometimes I read texts from the mail, but that's all. Perhaps this is a separate topic for talking about scenarios that we will cover in the MS Surface review. For someone, having a full-fledged Office is vital.

App Store - Software Availability

Windows RT uses the Windows 8 kernel, but that's where the similarities end. In particular, applications for this operating system must be written separately, and their number at the moment is not amazing. About a hundred programs, most of which are of no interest. At all. There are almost no games and they have long been known on other platforms.

I was surprised by the fact that Windows RT apps tend to take up more space than those on iPad or Android. It turned out that the application contains all the graphics for different resolutions (up to 2560x1440 pixels), while on the same iPad, the developer can upload an assembly of the application for a specific resolution in the store. In practical terms, this explains why applications take up more space. I don't see this as a particular problem, I'm embarrassed by the fact that developers' enthusiasm and the emergence of a large number of developments for Windows RT are not yet visible. Usually, developers focus on popular platforms, since in this case the chances of app sales are higher. In the case of Windows RT, the popularity of the platform raises one big question, so you can expect the core applications to come from Microsoft. Just look at the "Games" (New) section to make everything clear with the activity of the developers.

The cost of the applications that are presented is at the level of other platforms or more expensive. The pricing policy does not imply dumping, so there is no need to talk about the greater availability of existing applications at a cost.

Weather

There's no point in describing the Weather app, except that it's the first app I've ever seen that shows ads. This is a pre-installed program and various banners are shown on the third screen. In my opinion, this is disrespectful to buyers of devices on Windows RT. Some manufacturers use advertising (like Amazon), but then they charge less per device, and users consciously subscribe to this model.

Internet Explorer

In the first part of the review, I noted that IE is presented in two variations - on the desktop (maximum settings and the old interface) and in the new Metro UI. In the new version, there are no settings, but there is gesture control (return one page forward or back). This is the tenth Internet Explorer.

The browser is fast, there are no complaints. It displays the content of various sites well, scales to fit the screen, zoom works both with two fingers and by double-clicking on the text. Fast, pleasant and having quite a sufficient number of settings. For all the time I looked at about a hundred sites, I did not experience any problems anywhere. The disadvantages include the lack of synchronization of bookmarks with other computers, but this can be solved by installing add-ons (I did not come across one). But in theory it should appear quickly. It is possible that there is such an option somewhere, but again I could not find it.