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Microsoft began to sell its first tablet, the Surface RT, back on October 26, 2012, and added the Surface Pro in February 2013. Since then, sales figures have been less than stellar (well, possibly). This brings Microsoft to an interesting point -- it is time for desperate measures. In other words, the company is holding a fire sale. Of sorts.
HTC Corp. (2498) has scrapped plans to introduce a full-sized tablet computer with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows RT operating system on concern it will meet with lackluster demand, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Wednesday, Microsoft debuted a new, and very funny, TV ad promoting Windows 8, this time by comparing the features of the Asus VivoTab Smart tablet against those of Apple's iPad. Today, Microsoft released a new video that once again takes on the iPad, but this time with an Asus tablet that's running Windows RT.
Microsoft's first commercials for its Surface tablets emphasized the optional keyboard covers, though little focus was placed on the features of the tablet itself. The company's latest commercial does the opposite.
Yes, that's right, there is no typo. The Dell XPS 10, which runs Windows RT and came to market sporting a $499 price-tag, is now available for purchase at a very affordable $299.99. Clearly, the US computer manufacturer no longer has its eyes set on Apple's fourth-generation iPad, one of the most popular fondleslabs available today.
We heard way back in December last year that HTC is working on 7" and 12" Windows tablets, then another source confirmed it just a month and change ago, and now we are getting a tip with the specifics. Bear in mind that we have these details from just one source, and they aren't independently confirmed by others so far, thus take them as just an intriguing speculation for now.
Acer is waiting for the next version of Windows RT, due in the second half of this year, before deciding whether to release a tablet that runs on that OS. “The plan for an RT tablet is ongoing,” said Acer President Jim Wong in an interview Friday at a company event in New York.
Neil Hand, vice president at Dell, recently confirmed that the company plans to stay committed to Microsoft's ARM-based Windows RT platform. His confirmation backs up a previous statement by Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of mobile products and solutions at Dell, who said in an interview that the company is planning to launch new Windows 8 tablets later this year.
Dell’s XPS 10 running Windows RT has been available since the launch of Windows RT last October. Like all the other Windows RT tablets out there, its connectivity relied solely on Wi-Fi networks with no cellular connectivity options.
This year, Intel will launch its Haswell chips. One of the most important performance improvements of Haswell will be power efficiency and battery life. Meanwhile, Microsoft created Windows RT to run on ARM-based chips for better battery life. Microsoft's Surface RT runs an NVIDIA Tegra processor, and has better battery life than the Surface Pro, which sports an Intel chip.
Much as been made about the slow sales of Microsoft's Surface tablet line, but it may be Google that's having more trouble selling its tablets if information extrapolated by an analyst is correct.
Summary: There are rumors that HTC made be coming out with a Windows RT tablet and I think that is a huge mistake for the financially failing company. They have an excellent device in the One and need to market the heck out of it to try to get back in the game.
You might look at the Surface RT and the Surface Pro devices that Microsoft has launched and think that both of them are supposed to be tablets. After all, both have basically the same tablet-style form factor, with a 10.6 inch touchscreen, and both devices have optional Touch and Type covers to serve as keyboards. So that makes the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, right?
IDG News Service - Acer plans to release a Windows RT tablet this year as it looks to aggressively expand its lineup of mobile devices, including smartphones.