Microsoft is officially launching its new Windows 8 operating system on Friday, October 25, 2012.  This is a brand new and completely redesigned operating system from Microsoft. It will be available for upgrade on computers that are currently running Windows 7, Vista and XP and it will come standard on some new PCs. There are also tablets that run the Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft will also debut its Windows RT operating system which looks and functions like Windows 8, but is not in fact the same thing. Windows RT is essentially a “lite” version of Windows 8 meant to run smoothly and conserve battery life on the new Windows tablets like the Surface. I’ll spare you the exact details of the differences between these two separate systems and just send you here if you are interested in learning more about it: Windows 8 vs. Windows RT: It matters. Let’s explain.

Olive Tree’s Windows Apps

With the variety of devices and computers floating around out there running a variety of Windows operating systems, I want to clarify a few things about the Olive Tree Windows apps.

Windows 7

We have a full-featured Olive Tree Bible Study app available for computers running Windows 7. You can download it by visiting our website at and clicking on the “PC Download Now” icon. This app includes features like highlighting, the Resource Guide, and supports a majority of the titles available from the Olive Tree store.

Windows 8

There is an Olive Tree app called Bible+ available for Windows 8. The Windows 8 app is a much simpler version of our Bible Study app. That being said, our Windows 8 app features some cool functions like the Search Charm and a smooth design. We will be building up this platform in the future, but for now the Windows 8 app does not offer highlighting, note-taking, sync, or the Resource Guide and has a limited number of titles available for purchase and download.  It is important to note that Windows 8 currently runs legacy applications from Windows 7, which means that you will be able to download and install the Windows 7 version of the Olive Tree Bible Study app onto your Windows 8 device.

Windows RT

We now have an app available for Windows RT. The Olive Tree Bible Study app for Windows RT is the same as the Windows 8 app and has the same features and limitations. Please be patient with us as we work to build and develop our app for these new platforms.

Windows Phone

We do not currently offer a Bible Study app for Windows Phone, but we are still seriously considering building for this platform. We will announce any new developments in this area as we learn more about the way the different Windows operating systems work together.