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While numerous vendors have released table devices that use Windows RT, Lenovo has gone with Windows 8 Pro for its hybrid notebook/tablet, ThinkPad Helix.
Microsoft has confirmed that smaller Windows 8 tablets will come to market in the near future. These will fill a gap in the Windows ecosystem and boost demand for Windows 8 by addressing key downsides to the early Surface tablets.
March was another ho-hum month on the usage front for laptops and tablets running Windows 8 and RT, according to AdDuplex, a cross-platform network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 app developers.
The Windows app update parade keeps on marching. Mere hours after an update for Windows 8's Mail, Calendar, and People apps popped up in the Windows Store, the operating system's baked-in Music app is receiving a refresh of its own, though the alterations are subtle tweaks rather than a substantial overhaul.
There are now more than 50,000 Windows 8-only applications available in the Windows Store, a big jump from when Windows 8 launched, but a far cry from what the company projected just before the launch.
Consumers and PC makers might be turned off by Windows RT. Microsoft doesn't share their ambivalence.
Improving Windows 8 is Microsoft's best bet for grabbing a larger share of tablet sales over the next four years, but there doesn't seem much it can do to accelerate the projected slow growth of Windows RT over the same time period, IDC says.
Windows RT, Microsoft's first tablet-focused operating system, is not proving to be a hit in Europe. Actually, demand on the old continent is so weak that Samsung will reportedly stop sales of its Windows RT tablet in Germany.
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Whenever talk turns to the comparatively low number of apps available in the Windows Store, commenters invariably take the article to task. "Quantity isn't as important as quality!" they type, frequently tossing in an ALL CAPS EXPLETIVE or three. "Who wants 100,000 fart apps anyway?"
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