Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC
Windows Interesting little tidbit from the Reddit AMA session with Microsoft's Surface team. One Redditor wondered just how much disk space Windows RT takes up - in other words, if you buy the 32GB Surface RT tablet, how much space is left for your stuff? It turns out that while Windows 8 RT is considerably smaller than its Windows 7 x86 predecessor, it's still huge by mobile standards.
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Don't get it
by quackalist on Sun 21st Oct 2012 15:57 UTC
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2007-08-27

Does kinda make you wonder where this is going. Can remember Win 3 + Office 6 and since we've just had some horrendous exponential (if not more) of code bloat only just about offset by the increased power of PC's. Yes, the bloat has included some cool stuff for users but the cool stuff (IMH0) is slowing, as is the power of hardware but the bloat isn't.

Now we're supposedly going towards a post-desktop ecosystem with cool, if not so powerful, tablets and Microsoft's answer is to drag the humungous bloat windows has become and say this is it.....the wonderful new future for windows.........It doesn't compute, damn madness.

Google at least, with it's new chromebook is actually offloading, for good or ill, a lot of the bloat now and in the future to the cloud...which at least makes some kinda sense.

Edited 2012-10-21 16:01 UTC

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RE: Don't get it
by MollyC on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 03:26 in reply to "Don't get it"
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2006-07-04

Where it's going is that as time goes on, "mobile" OSes are going to be full OSes. WinRT is the ARM version of W8, not an OS derived from WP8. There's no real reason that the ARM version of W8 would be that much smaller than the intel version.

And Microsoft is not allowing any WinRT to be installed on anything less than 32GB storage, so the smallest WinRT device is guaranteed to have 20GB available at the start.

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RE: Don't get it
by zima on Fri 26th Oct 2012 23:58 in reply to "Don't get it"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Does kinda make you wonder where this is going. Can remember Win 3 + Office 6 and since we've just had some horrendous exponential (if not more) of code bloat only just about offset by the increased power of PC's. Yes, the bloat has included some cool stuff for users but the cool stuff (IMH0) is slowing, as is the power of hardware but the bloat isn't.

You're looking at the past through very rose-tinted glasses.* Past software was generally way more unstable, did a lot of less, cost more (especially taking into account whole package, together with sufficiently fast hardware), was notoriously insecure.

Present software is simply much better. And WRT hardware - a half+ decade dualcore (virtually any dualcore) machine is more than good enough for virtually any kind of consumer software. A decade old machine is also still quite fine, if some minimal care is taken when selecting current software for it (as in: you'll still be able to use current software, with current capabilities). That was virtually unheard of in the past... (a decade-old PC in 1995 or 2000 or 2005 would a total junk)

It's ironic (but telling, shows how much thought you put into your views) how you praise Google Chromebooks - which depend entirely on a browser, a category of software that doesn't have the most efficient way of doing things...


*why won't you crawl into that hole of the 80s, with hardly any OS to speak of and memory sizes measured in kilobytes?

Edited 2012-10-27 00:07 UTC

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