Apologies for the lack of formatting, using IE on the Verge can be a pain at times
It has become pretty apparent these last few days that RT in many people's eyes, is a useless OS now that full Windows 8 is running on tablets for as cheap as $300. Whether this is because there is a sort of misunderstanding around the OS, or that those who require a full OS have a hard time comprehending why the advantages of a more limited OS would be attractive to many, I don't know, maybe it is something completely different, but I'm going to attempt explaining why RT is a good OS for some, and perhaps the future of the Windows consumer space (keep in mind, I said "perhaps", for I am only speculating). First I'd like to make a few fairly broad statement about the common consumer, keep in mind this won't apply for everyone. I believe that the majority of the common consumer space have come to prefer the tablet form factor but still need something with a keyboard, tablets are selling very well, and while they have yet to surpass traditional PC sales, they are replacing many secondary machines. Also, people are coming to realize more and more that most powerful, does not always mean best for them. Desktop sales are pitiful these days, and unless you need the power they have, or are a PC gamer you probably won't buy another desktop any time in the near future, and it seems that very few need the advantages of a desktop anymore. The same to a lesser extent is happening with laptops as well, I'm sure we've all seen an iPad with a poor 3rd party keyboard far more than once, and it is very clear that many people would like to replace there laptops with their iPad/ Android tablet. This serves to bring up the question of, what do most people need out of their everyday device? I'd argue that for most it is probably a browser, their favorite everyday apps, and Office (however, I'd say for most, office, though handy, is probably overkill for most, and something like keynote or Google Docs could serve many just as well). People are going after tablets for more than just form factor, they're also trying to get rid of the sort of troubles that full Windows is notorious for. Viruses, malware, and slowing down over time are all things people are fed up with, and the simplicity of the tablet that has come from the lack of such things, has become the safe haven for these people. Bearing this in mind, what if Microsoft could read this market? What if they paid attention to this segment. Well I believe they did, their answer is RT. RT does everything the common consumer wants, with a plethora of advantages. It has a full browser, the most popular apps, and even free Office, and to top it all off, it is everything they wanted to get out of a tablet. It is fully secure, the OS doesn't degrade with time and updates, and is simple to use. To top this all off RT is far better with battery life than full 8, even with the introduction of Haswell. To showcase this, look at the difference between the Surface 2 and pro 2 (6 hours vs 11-13hours) or even the Yoga 11 RT (a pre hasswell product) that has more battery life than the Macbook Air. Office being free is also quite the advantage as well, and although many people could do fine on GDocs, I would believe the preference would more likely be the better known, best selling Office. Clearly RT isn't meant to replace the laptop of someone who uses many x86 apps, however, for most, the only x86 app they need is Office. RT is Microsoft's attempt at getting back into the consumer market, and while it might not replace your laptop, it could be the perfect laptop replacement for someone else. It certainly is for me.
This is NOT an RT vs iOS vs Android post and is not meant to call RT superior in any way.