System Properties are one of the few places that Windows RT distinguishes itself from Windows 8.

When news broke in December 2010 that Microsoft was going to port Windows to ARM, I said it made no sense.

The argument back then was this: Windows on ARM would mean discarding the thing that makes Windows entrenched and important: Windows applications. Tablets need all-new applications, and if you’re going to run all-new applications then you don’t really need Windows.

The reason for embracing ARM was that ARM processors were fundamental to building tablets with low enough power consumption that they could last a full working day from a single charge. It was worth giving up everything that x86 compatibility provided to get that low power consumption.

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