Five years ago, Microsoft and Qualcomm embarked on a very promising partnership that produced the Windows RT. The idea behind it was to create a PC so power efficient that it rivals smartphones and tablets.
The whole idea was hinged on using Qualcomm chips, the same type that is being used on smartphone and tablets. You have probably noticed that these mobile devices on average outlast your typical PC when it comes to battery life. The very best PCs average at just 10 hours battery life, while most smartphones and tablets could easily double that as their average. Not to mention they are always on, ready to connect, unlike a PC which to quickly use it, you must leave it in sleep or hibernate mode.
Windows RT marked Microsoft sharp turn from using the x86 chips by Intel and AMD that have historically been used to power PC, to using Qualcomm chips. The Qualcomm chips are also thinner and more compact, which would enable Microsoft’s Windows OS to run on remarkably thinner and lighter PCs and tablets.
Had Windows RT taken off as the duo had hoped, the …read more