Microsoft Surface RT is a completely new device category that Microsoft first introduced to the PC space. It features the VaporMg casing which is perfectly fit and finish that is light and durable. It’s a tablet that can be a laptop with an easy click-in Surface Touch Cover and an integrated kickstand.
It’s better to know more about this device before you make a purchase decision, and here are our comprehensive Microsoft Surface RT frequently asked questions that should clear up all your queries. We will try to cover all Surface RT question segments including display, battery, performance, software, and design.
You can charge your Surface RT by using the OEM charger came with your Surface RT –Plug the charger to the power source and plug the Surface charging connector to the charging port on the right side of Surface RT. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.
18Can I charge Surface RT via USB?
No, USB port on Surface RT is used for data transfer only.
4 Surface RT Performance Q&As
19Can Microsoft Surface RT run Photoshop?
No, it can’t. Surface RT uses the ARM processor which unable to run traditional desktop software.
20Can the Surface RT run games?
Yes, you can. However, you can download and play games available on Windows Store only.
21Can you code or programming on Surface RT?
No, it isn’t an ideal device for coding or programming. Most of the programming tools aren’t available for Windows RT. However, there are some code editors available on Windows Store for basic code writing assistant.
22Will Surface RT run Office?
Yes, Surface RT comes with a free Microsoft Office RT 2013. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface RT.
5 Surface RT Software & Compatibility Q&As
23Does Surface RT run Windows 10?
No, it doesn’t. The latest update for Surface RT is Windows 8.1 Update 3 which includes an option to switch between the Start Menu and the Start Screen.
24Can you download apps on Surface RT?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. However, you can’t download and install any apps from elsewhere.
25Does Surface RT run full Windows?
No, Surface RT ships with Windows RT 8 which works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store only.
26Is Microsoft Office free on Surface RT?
Yes, Surface RT comes with a Free Microsoft Office RT 2013 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook RT 2013.
27Does Surface RT need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 8.1 on Surface RT has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. And, since Surface RT runs Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the traditional virus will not even execute at all.
6 Surface RT Miscellaneous Q&As
28Is Surface RT a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can function as a tablet and also a laptop when connected to a Surface Type Cover.
29What is the company that makes Surface RT?
Surface RT is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.
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