The issue is all about the "legacy" apps. As many currently used x86 programs we take for granted haven't yet been ported to ARM (RT). WINDOWS has aways been able to run windows programs even if the manufacturer had to patch or update it. Now they need t re-write it to support new architecture.
Look at apples example OS X programs can't run on iOS they didn't confuse people by calling it os x iPad. Windows means windows programs not al windows apart from this variant. They can't even use RT as an example for differentiation as they used a 2 letter model with XP. Windows Phone is a good example they should have followed as its clear from the name that it runs software for a phone not a PC. Windows Tablet would have been a clearer descriptive name....
Although through all this the actual "windows" have Al but disappeared as all apps don't run in a window (except explorer and the office suite).
Having the Pro and the RT look the same doesn't make it any easier for the non techie community either..... especially now there are more affordable win 8 atom based tablets coming out.
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Yes, but MS is not out to copy Apple, they are forging their own path. A path I believe is better. The whole point of Windows 8 is to merge tablet and desktop/laptop (and eventually phone) not keep them separate. The focus is one UI, one ecosystem on different screens. Legacy apps will continue, but they will be exclusive to the old school desktop world, but the point is to still have the unified layer on the desktop as well.
Its only confusing at the moment because this is a transitional phase. This is something completely new. In the future when there are plenty of apps in the store, it will make a lot more sense. I believe they have done a poor job communicating this new vision, and that includes the obscure naming, but in their defense, this is not the kind of thing that can be easily simplified down to marketing slogans and jingles. People are just going to have to get their hands on it to get it. The latest round of ads showing off the multitasking features is more on the right track.