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Microsoft drops 'RT' moniker from Surface

and hides Desktop mode

4:26 am on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/22/4868028/microsoft-drops-rt-from-surface-tablet-name [theverge.com]

Microsoft hides desktop mode on new RT tablets, drops 'RT' moniker from original Surface

Microsoft is altering its Surface RT name to just Surface today. After dropping the RT moniker for its Surface 2 tablet, the software maker is removing the RT branding on the Surface entirely. New product pages for Surface no longer mention Surface RT at all, just as the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro tablets start to go on sale in 21 countries today. Microsoft confirmed the name change in a statement to The Verge. "To stay consistent with the naming structure of our new offerings, Surface RT is now referred to as ‘Surface,’" says a Microsoft spokesperson.

Microsoft has never been very good at naming their products. It is good that they're changing this although it won't change anyone's opinion of Windows RT.

Eliminating the default desktop tile will keep users in the Metro world, although it's still possible to get to the desktop apparently. That may help people on tablets from getting confused to some extent.