Ross Miller over at The Verge was able to get ahold of the Samsung Ativ Tab. It’s the first tablet running Windows RT that The Verge has had a hands-on demo with. The report:
Firstly, the desktop environment remains largely the same as its Windows 8 counterpart. Despite rumors that Microsoft would drop the desktop mode, or restrict a lot of its functionality, the File Explorer and other Windows accessory apps remain. Paint and Notepad for example are available, although Microsoft has removed Windows Media Player in favor of the Metro style Music and Video apps.
There is a video review that I’ll drop at the end of the post. The comments on this post are priceless.
Ross Miller picks up the device and spends some time showing that, although it is an RT tablet, the desktop mode is still available and rather necessary. Throughout the video he launches a number of apps that take him surprisingly back into the desktop mode. Miller complains throughout the video.
This is a big mistake on Microsoft’s part. The ‘no compromises’ inclusion of desktop mode is the biggest compromise of all on a tablet device. Of course Miller should have spent his time reviewing the Windows 8 UI portion of a device (RT) that is meant almost exclusively for Windows 8 UI. However, almost every app he attempted to use pushed him into legacy mode.
Love the video comment: ‘no autocorrect’. Good thing or bad?
Image Source: The Verge