Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Even worse though.
If a Consumer buys a Windows RT tablet, it will *look* like it *does* run regular Windows apps, because it will still have the regular Windows desktop behind
the Metro, and it will have Office on it. They will see Office and the regular Windows desktop and think they can install other stuff but they can't.
It will be an ARM version of Office running on a "mock" desktop and both will be visually identical to the real thing
(at least this is the latest info I've seen).
I agree. I've been saying this for what seems to be ages. How well are the sales people going to be trained? That's going to be a major stumbling block.
Perhaps we all remember when Asus came out with the first netbooks. They ran Linux. People bought them in large numbers, because they came out during the beginning of the recession, and cheaper computers were important to a portion of the population.
But they were returned in large numbers as well, because when people got them home, they found they didn't run the programs they had, and expected them to run. Linux has been designed to be a Windows clone, on the desktop, pretty much anyway, so unsophisticated users can't always tell the difference from first looks.
NO ONE explained to these people that Linux was in these machines, and they they wouldn't run Windows programs. Will things be better now?
I predict the same problem here. Many people will look at a 10" windows RT tablet that's smaller, lighter and cheaper, and select it over the x86 model, thinking it's the same. The salespeople won't always know enough to explain the differences. And often, when they do, the buyer won't understand them.
It's really confusing as x86 tablets will run Metro apps. So both will seem the same. I can see the salesperson saying that they both run Metro apps, and the customer not understanding that RT tablets won't run Desktop apps, as the Desktop will seem to be in RT, even though it really isn't.
When these consumers bring these unwanted RT tablets back to the store, are they then going to buy the bigger, heavier, hotter and more expensive x86 tablets they DIDN'T want in the first place, or will they say; Screw it, give me an iPad!?