Things aren’t going very well for Windows RT, Microsoft’s new operating system developed specifically for tablets equipped with ARM chips. Sales have so far been pretty disappointing, so several large companies decided to completely abandon the product and focus either on the full version of Windows 8 or switch to Android.
Windows RT Software News
What if Microsoft (MSFT) merged its struggling Windows RT and Windows Phone operating systems into a single software platform for tablets and smartphones? That concept, which Mary Jo Foley proposed toward the bottom of a recent blog, makes a ton of sense for Microsoft's partners, developers and customers. Here's why.
In the days following Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, many have been questioning Microsoft's stated plan to remain committed to Windows RT and Surface RT.
Summary: Windows RT was a massive gamble for Microsoft that didn't pay off. But with a few tweaks here and there, the platform could be great for those looking for a version of Windows that doesn't come with all the associated Windows hassles.
Typing in a password of decent strength can be irritating when using Windows RT. Fortunately, Microsoft has included an alternative: Picture passwords.
Microsoft recently revealed some sorry Surface tablet numbers. Its latest quarterly filing disclosed earnings of $853 million (£560 million) in revenue from Surface tablets, but it wrote down $900 million (£590 million) because too many were built and the unwanted surplus units are now stuck in a warehouse. Indeed, Asus is also dropping Windows RT.
Microsoft didn't have a clue what it was doing with Windows RT. And if it did, its strategy was a total fiasco and it spent an awful lot of money believing its own hype.
People think I “hate” Windows RT because I’ve been critical of the platform. Truth is, it’s simply not there yet, and almost a year later, the Metro content ecosystem has not evolved enough to take on the iPad or Android. But Microsoft already has a mobile platform with a thriving ecosystem. It’s called Windows Phone, and I think it makes a far better choice for general purpose tablets than does Windows RT.
I know, I know; everyone has declared Windows RT dead and is having the grave dug as you read this. No one wants it, needs, it, or has any use for it. Personally, I have a lot of tablets and the one that currently sees the most use is a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE (I’m a fan of the Samsung mobile devices). I never even bothered to purchase an RT device because I couldn’t see any need for it in the way I work.
Okay, Microsoft. You had your fun fling with ARM processors, serenading your newfound love with glitzy dubstep ads full of creepy dancing schoolgirls. Thin and light tablets packing a--gasp!--free version of Office? Freedom from Intel and AMD's x86 processors? Sanctity from traditional Windows malware? How dreamy.
Computerworld - Even as the market for Surface RT and other Windows RT tablets grows more dire by the day, chip supplier Nvidia said it remains bullish to the platform and is committed for the long term.
When Microsoft announced that it would ship the Windows 8 operating system in two flavors, Windows 8 and Windows RT, it was clear that this would cause confusion. The main reason for this being that Windows RT devices cannot run x86 applications so that they are limited to ports that Microsoft made, like the Office port, the application ecosystem that Windows 8 users get to use as well, and net applications.
Back when Microsoft first split Windows 8 in twain, it initially called the two divisions Windows 8 and Windows on ARM (WoA). Windows 8 would be the full-bodied x86 version of the operating system with every bell and whistle, and Windows on ARM would be a cut-down version designed for low-power ARM SoCs.
Microsoft has slashed the price of Surface RT, making the device pretty affordable. Anyone hoping that Surface Pro would see a similar reduction will be disappointed. Microsoft shows no signs of cutting the price of its premium tablet, suggesting the company is happy enough with sales and margins at the moment.
Microsoft might still believe in Windows RT, but support from the PC business is fading fast. Nokia is reportedly the latest company to abandon ship. Although a Windows RT tablet from Nokia has been rumored for months, sources told The Verge’s Tom Warren that the company is now working on a Windows 8 version instead.