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Is Windows RT a failure? Obviously it is. With that said, failing is not always a bad thing. Taking risks and trying new things is essential to a company's survival. Microsoft was smart to make a version of Windows for ARM processors. The problem, of course, is that ARM processors cannot run x86 software.
Microsoft doesn’t seem to be willing to build any other Windows RT device after Surface RT and Surface 2, but the company still has to update the tablets it already sold for a couple more years to lend a hand to those who purchased the first-generation Surfaces.
Microsoft had previously announced that the Surface RT and Surface 2 would not be getting Windows 10. Instead, these devices will be getting an update but the company has not stated what it will include and until today, we did not know when it would arrive.
Back in January, Microsoft announced that Windows RT devices like the Surface RT and Surface 2 would not be receiving Windows 10 when it launches on July 29th, but instead will receive an update that includes some of Windows 10's features. Since then, we've not really heard much about this mysterious update.
Audible, who claims to be “the world’s largest provider of premium audiobooks,” has a long and storied history on Windows. After being neglected for what seemed like an eternity, the Windows Phone client was recently updated, to good reviews.
Believe it or not, I loved Windows RT; hell, I still do. My Surface 2 still gets a good amount of use for gaming and web surfing. Unfortunately, the limited nature of the operating system (a positive from a security standpoint) was a turn-off to consumers, and rightfully so; Windows that can't run legacy programs? Doomed from the start.
MICROSOFT HAS FINALLY launched Windows 10 for the Raspberri Pi 2 in the form of the IoT Core Insider developer preview. While Microsoft warned that the software is pretty rough around the edges, it is touted to give makers "the opportunity to play with the software bits early" to get feedback on how well it works.
Some of you might remember that, back in February, Microsoft promised there would be a free version of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2 owners.
There's no need to ask for a show of hands. To get a sense of how long the Windows RT hate-train is, you can just spend a few minutes Googling. A few weeks ago when Microsoft let loose that official Windows RT devices, like the Surface 2, were not getting Windows 10 in any proper shape, the anti-RT chorus cheered that they have been finally vindicated.
In 1993, Microsoft introduced Windows NT. Unlike Windows 3.1—and, later, Windows 95 and 98—it could run on processors made by companies other than Intel or AMD. Windows NT supported several chips that had little traction in the PC market, but the land grab yielded little.
In October of 2012, Microsoft released Windows RT but what followed will be remembered for years to come as a major strategy shift for Windows that ultimately failed. Plagued with branding issues, a confusing message to consumers and a Windows Store that never materialized, Windows RT left Microsoft in a troubled position.
We all knew that Windows RT had no future, but Microsoft has always tried to make it successful despite the criticism that came from pretty much all around it, including from partners and users alike.
Windows RT is dead, according to a Microsoft slide shown on WinBeta.org today. It will not receive updates. It has no upgrade path, although it may get a few consolation features. It was a bad idea in the first place. And now, Microsoft may be making the same mistake again with Windows 10.
In June 2012 in front of an audience of journalists, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer was in philosophical mode, pondering how important hardware was to Microsoft, a company best known for its software.
Windows RT was introduced with much fanfare in October 2012, when Microsoft rolled out the Surface RT tablet, but the company is now planning to slowly phase it out as it switches the focus on the full Windows experience.