The software giant Microsoft has announced that Windows on ARM processors will be officially known as “Windows RT” along with announcing the full suite of Windows 8 editions. It’ll join Windows 8 and the newly-announced Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise, which add features like virtualization and encryption to Windows 8. “Windows 8” is for x86 machines, while Windows RT will signify ARM processors and a distinctly different experience for consumers.
Windows RT will not be sold separately, but only available pre-installed on new machines with ARM processors – a major change the way Microsoft has traditionally sold Windows from times. Windows RT will also include the Office suite but no other desktop apps can be installed on ARM machines. It’s an interesting move for Microsoft that the company will offer no-compromise experience in any of its Windows 8 editions.