The theory goes like this: The average computer user loves Windows and everyone will rush out and buy Windows 8. Then since they love Windows 8 so much they will all rush out and buy tablets running Windows 8 RT and then for good measure they will buy a Windows Phone. What’s more, Windows 8 RT comes with Office and everyone knows and loves Office, another superb reason to buy a Windows 8 RT tablet. And so ends the theory.
Microsoft has released some more details about what Office for Windows RT will contain and more importantly what it won’t contain. The blog post on the official Microsoft blog starts with some long winded explanations about how tablets are different to PCs and they software needs to be written slightly different (welcome to the real world Microsoft). They can’t rely on everyone having 4GB of memory, a quad-core desktop CPU and 2TB of disk space. So Office for Windows RT has been “optimized”. And when we say “optimized” we mean things that won’t be in Office for Windows RT.
“Windows RT tablets have special requirements for security, reliability, and battery life, and we’ve worked to ensure that the RT version is well-suited for the platform,” wrote David Brodsky, Partner Test Manager and Josh Pollock, Principal Development Manager.
Here is the list:
Oh, and one more thing – it isn’t ready yet. When Windows RT devices become available they will include preview (i.e. Beta) editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. But don’t worry, when the fully working version (around November) is ready, Microsoft will send out updates!
This could be a chance for Android apps like Quickoffice HD Pro, Documents To Go, OfficeSuite Pro and Google Docs to shine!