Microsoft's Windows RT tablets are doomed to fail and are hurting Microsoft's chances of succeeding in the tablet market. So says an IDC report, which adds that Microsoft should kill Windows RT, and focus instead on improving Windows 8 in an attempt to make inroads with tablets.
The report estimates that Windows RT will have only 1.9% of tablet market share in 2013, and by 2017 will only grow to 2.7% of the market. Full-blown Windows tablets, which now include Windows 7 and Windows 8, will grow from a 2.8% market share in 2013 to 7.4% in 2017.
Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets for IDC, says that Microsoft would be much better off if it abandoned the failing Windows RT platform and put its muscle behind full-blown Windows tablets:
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