By Vamien McKalin | Jun 30, 2013 06:47 PM EDT
At the Microsoft Build developer conference 2013, the company announced many features for Windows 8.1. One of the announcements focused on Windows RT 8.1 and what users should expect in the not so distant future.
The new Windows RT experience has new features such as built-in Outlook, the ability to search across different apps, and improvements for enterprise users such as NFC printing, better VPN support, support for Microsoft's Workplace Join, and greater support for services offered by mobile device management vendors. We already knew of Outlook coming to Windows RT, but the ability to print documents via NFC is more than a welcoming feature.
Furthermore, the new update will also bring support for NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors, according to Microsoft's VP of Planning, Mike Angiulo. Tegra 4 should make for more powerful Windows RT 8.1 devices at affordable price points for those who just require a simple Windows tablet without all the bells and whistles.
Gaming on these Tegra 4-based Windows RT devices should be top notch so far as playing mobile-based games are concerned and not in the lines of Crysis 3. Web browsing should also be a blast, handling multiple apps opened at the same time shouldn't pose much of a problem, and battery life should be splendid as Tegra 4 is ARM-based.
Microsoft has made a good decision by making Outlook available for Windows RT devices. Now only if the company would completely get rid of the desktop interface as Windows RT is designed for tablet devices. In addition, desktop apps are not supported on Windows RT, another reason why Microsoft needs to rethink its strategy and only work with the Modern UI rather than anything else.
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