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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has revealed Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung Windows RT devices will be available at the launch of the operating system.
Microsoft has been playing a very dangerous game with its Surface tablet hogging the Windows RT limelight, something that its long-term and invaluable partners will not like. Now the company has come out and said that Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung will also have Windows RT devices when the operating system launches later this year.
Microsoft also detailed the range of Windows RT devices, claiming that early production models had between eight hours and 13 hours of high-definition video playback battery life. The firm claims devices will have between 320 hours and 409 hours of standby time, all of which put the devices firmly in the range of high-end Android tablets and Apple's Ipad.
According to Microsoft, it has worked on the efficiency of Windows RT's graphics subsystem so the user interface animations hit 60FPS. The firm also cited touchscreen sampling rates of 100Hz per finger.
Microsoft has been trying its best to get developers to support the operating system and Mike Angiulo, VP of Microsoft's Ecosystem and Planning team said it shipped out 1,500 Windows RT devices. Angiulo claimed that over 90 per cent of applications submitted to the Windows Store support Windows RT though he didn't give an exact figure.
Microsoft needs Windows RT to be a far greater success than its Windows Phone operating system. While Microsoft has considerable desktop and laptop market share, the high volume future is in tablets and if Microsoft is to remain relevant, it needs Windows RT to put up stiff competition against Google's Android and Apple's IOS. µ
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