Microsoft’s upcoming Windows RT operating system is designed to run on devices with ARM-based processors including iPad-like tablets. But while most of the prototypes we’ve seen so far are tablets, Windows RT should be able to run on any device with a supported ARM-based chip.
Texas Instruments has started showing off a Windows RT notebook prototype from Toshiba with a TI OMAP 4470 dual core processor with SGX544 graphics.
The notebook has a touchscreen display and can support touch-based gestures. But you can also use the QWERTY keyboard and touchpad for text input, keyboard shortcuts, and traditional laptop-style navigation.
Windows RT is basically a streamlined version of Windows 8 designed to support ARM-based chips. Tablets, notebooks, and other computers with Windows RT won’t be able to run apps designed for x86 versions of Windows — which means virtually every program developed for Windows 7 and earlier.
But devices like the Toshiba prototype will be able to use most apps developed for the new Metro style user interface in Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Judging by the demo, they’ll also be reasonably fast.
You can find more details, along with a second video showing Windows RT on a TI OMAP 4470 tablet prototype at Anandtech.