Which Windows 8 is right for you?

Windows 8 TabletBoth Windows 8 and Windows RT offer a beautiful, fast, and fluid interface that you can personalize with the people, apps, and sites you care about most. They’re designed for touch, mouse, and keyboard. There are some important differences between Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT * tablets and PCs are made to go anywhere. Thin and light, with extended battery life, they start up in an instant and stay connected to email, social networks, and apps, so you’re always up to date. Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview is also included, so you can be productive while on the go. Windows RT is only available preinstalled on select tablets and PCs and it only runs built-in apps or apps that you download from the Windows Store. For more information, see the Windows RT FAQ.

If you want to install desktop software like Adobe Photoshop or an older version of Office, consider Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.

Windows 8 ** comes preinstalled on a variety of new tablets, convertibles, Ultrabooks, laptops, and all-in-one PCs. Windows 8 works with both existing desktop software and apps that you download from the Windows Store.

Windows 8 Pro gives you all of the great benefits of Windows 8, as well as enhanced networking and data encryption features. For a limited time, you can upgrade your PC running a previous version of Windows to the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a great price, or get it preinstalled on many new tablets and PCs.

Looking to purchase a new PC?  Use this chart to compare versions.  If you have questions, just call or email and we will  help you choose the right one for you.

Windows RT

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Great built-in apps like Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive, with many more available from the Windows Store.


Includes Internet Explorer 10 for fast, intuitive browsing.


Keeps you up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.

Runs programs you used with previous versions of Windows. ***


Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information secure. ****


Comes with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview preinstalled so you can do more out of the box. *****

Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote Desktop Connection.


Connects to your corporate or school network with Domain join.



About Mary

Mary is the CEO of LAN Systems. She is an electrical engineer who feels her greatest strength is the ability to connect with people. LAN Systems provides IT managed services and solutions to growing companies and non-profit organizations. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com.

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