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Is Windows RT already dead? Acer sees no value in building RT hardware right now

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Is Windows RT already dead? Acer sees no value in building RT hardware right now
Have you noticed that there are fewer and fewer Windows RT tablets entering our news section lately? Demand for tablets powered by Microsoft's iOS and Android competitor platform must have been pretty discouraging to say the least, considering the reluctance of companies to continue building hardware with Windows RT.

Acer may not be your typical example of a Windows device manufacturer, as the company felt somewhat betrayed when Microsoft announced that it's building its own Windows RT/8 tablets. Back then, Acer told Microsoft to give up on the idea of building its own tablet, but as you know, Microsoft never listened, which was probably the right thing to do. So,what's Acer's current stance with regards to Windows RT? It looks like it hasn't changed much, as Acer president Jim Wong has recently said that there's "no value" in making hardware powered by Microsoft's watered-down version of Windows. Of course, he's probably right, considering the weak sales such hardware has seen thus far.

Mr. Wong's words actually made us wonder if Windows RT isn't dead already. The thing is that we can't think of anyone who'd love to have a Windows RT device. At this point, if you buy Windows, you buy it for the full experience and legacy software. Microsoft's intention was to offer an alternative to iOS and Android, but the problem is that Windows RT hardware actually came at a much higher price than its competitors, especially the Android ones. How are users supposed to side with Windows RT if it's more expensive and offers less than the well-established mobile platforms? Windows RT may look identical to Windows 8, but in reality it has nothing to do with it, since it lack support for Windows software, which means that iOS and Android are already much more versatile.

What do you guys think? Is Windows RT already dead?

via: Engadget

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posted on 06 May 2013, 08:31 17

1. itsjustJOH (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Yeah, it's dead the moment they announced it. Cheaper droid tablets have almost the same capabilities as the very limited and pricy Windows RT tablet.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:34 16

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Never mind, even though RT is dead, Daddy O' Nokia will bring RT back alive, and they can make affordable Lumia RT tablets, I guess........

By the way, RT is dead at the moment, not completely dead.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:58 2

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Living dead™ with the Trademark™

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:02 9

14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Trademark™ is dead. I mean, why would you trademark your words? Who wants to steal or copy your words?

Living dead? Sorry, don't tell me, tell that to the zombies. :)

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:20 9

17. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


same here ... i mean why he use Trademark on his comments...

Are you going to trade yourself?

Don't try. seriously you don't worth a "penny " !!!

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:53 1

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The words™ are all™

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:31 6

18. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


His next comment: Sounds like a next-gen game... ™

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:39 3

24. Seymur (unregistered)


Probably new to the internet.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:12 1

27. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Been visiting PA for 28 months!

You're new here, not me™

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:30 3

31. windroid (unregistered)


What? Trolling for 28 months already? You must be billionaire by now with what shamedung is paying you!

Let me say you are doing a terrific job, you have an innate tallent!

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:34 4

3. dorianb (Posts: 407; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Windows RT...... meet kinONE & kinTWO.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:38 4

4. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


yeah let the RT die, I got the acer w510 with intel atom and full windows 8 not very powerful but does the task I need

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:43 3

5. poopApple (banned) (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


Windows RT = crap

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:43 4

6. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 150; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Hopefully it's dead. I just see no place for RT in the market when it's only Windows 8 with a security lock on legacy software. Microsoft should stick with just Windows 8 as it's clearly superior and desktop processors are getting very cheap.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:44 3

7. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Anyone with half a brain will figure this one out lol

RT was dead before it even hit the market, it just simply moronic to spend $500 on a half @ssed tablet with an eco system that is absolute total crap.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:45 1

8. kychang71 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2013)


Why not integrate Windows phone os with the Windows 8 RT? If so Windows RT shall get the apps which run on Windows phone platform.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:47 4

9. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Windows RT still has a bigger share than chrome OS, which was a still born. lol...

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:53

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1099; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Window RT would not be dead if it was on tablets that used Intel atom chips because any app in the more powerful Windows 8 OS store would run without any changes on a atom RT tablet. the best thing Microsoft can do with windows RT on ARMS CPU's is to team up with Barnes and Noble and make what will be known as a windows Rt Nook HD + E book-reader. since people only use E readers for reading E books , internet entertainment and surfing the web for information, shopping and simple games and do no office production work on them then the windows Rt OS is perfect for a Microsoft 8 inch diagonol- 16 by 9 screen shape e reader tablet. YOO Microsoft put Windows RT on an MS E readers

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:10

15. tadaa (Posts: 250; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


If RT ran on atom, then what's the point of RT then? They created it specifically to take advantage of ARM's hardware. If it ran on atom it might as well run windows 8.

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:57 1

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's ®DEAD®

R.I.P™

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:16 9

16. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


RIP TROLL....

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:01

13. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


It was already dead before they even announced it.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:38 2

19. mikjmill13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 May 2013)


should've never existed in the first place. They should've focused their resources on scaling up Windows Phone to handle larger screen sizes and higher resolutions, instead of creating what is essentially an extra (incompatible) platform.

posted on 06 May 2013, 19:10

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Agreed. Poor management decisions. Should focus on making windows 8 more portable using only one developer SDK for development.

Moving to a united apps for phone, tablet and notebook.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:48 2

20. windroid (unregistered)


Yes, I think it's dead. Maybe Nokia it the needed force to bring it up as it did with WP, not sure if they are going that way.
The situation is that we see full featured Windows 8 tablets at the same price as Windows RT, and between the two there's no doubt what to choose.

We have to wait and see... if Nokia bets in RT maybe the platform have a chance, otherwise it's finished.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:58 2

22. pookiewood (Posts: 610; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


It doesn't have to die. PRICE IT RIGHT in the right hardware.

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:10

23. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


It was dead for me when i saw its commerical

posted on 06 May 2013, 11:23

25. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Yeah, I'd rather have Acer focus on Android Tablets right now.

posted on 06 May 2013, 11:41 1

26. aco96 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


WIndows RT sucks, but WIndows 8 Pro is an outstanding OS. :)
In my opinion manufacturers should abandon windows rt and use WIndows 8 Pro, which is the best OS for tablet, because tablet can be also used as a laptop :)

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:55

28. virde (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2013)


That's true when Windows 8 can run on ARM and on other architectures other than x86 or x64... That is, you can get more juice out of ARM with less power than x86 for certain applications.

I do see a future for Windows RT only if it's cheaper ($30 royalty per device?)--just give it about 3 years. Think about the same application with the same codebase can run on RT Tablets, on Windows desktops, on XBOX, and on Windows Phone; that's less developmental times for us. I can see how Microsoft is planning to unify these devices.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:58

29. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


There is nothing wrong with RT its just that companies seem to have the inability to innovate beyond the standard designs that it seems like many are content on creating. Granted they are trying to attain profitability but just like the PC makers, do not expect consumers to jump at and purchase your products just because you put them out. You have to make the GOOD products. Although price plays a factor its not the reason why there is a struggle. The cause is quite clear and its surprising to me that they simply do not want to attempt to do something better.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:06

30. BattleBrat (Posts: 1097; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


With Quad core Atom processors on the horizon, I see the Next regular surface running full windows 8, and thanks to Intel's x86 Android dual boot Android OH YEAH!

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:32

32. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


if windows rt is dead, and it has a bigger market share than chromebook and has been around half the time as chromebook, what does that make chromebook?

"Net Applications, which monitors a number of large websites for usage statistics and then publishes the results through NetMarketShare, began monitoring for both of the aforementioned OSes just a week ago. At the conclusion of that week, it was found that Chrome OS usage was about 2/100th of 1%, or 0.0002% - too low to even register among the rest of the results. Given the fact that the first Chromebook was released about two years ago, this small usage share is nothing short of striking"

posted on 06 May 2013, 14:47 1

33. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Nothing wrong with RT. Except no one wants it. It has half the functions. Manufacturers do not want to support it. And it cannot compete at the price point of a premium device with a limited mobile-type OS.

Other then that, I am all in.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:12

34. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"limited mobile-type OS"... you mean like android and IOS???

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:57 1

37. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yep. Like them. With less support and ecosystem, though.

Don't misunderstand: I own a WP, and am a fairly large MS products supporter. But this Windows RT was not well handled.

posted on 06 May 2013, 20:58

36. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yes!! it's dead!! for example the vivotab RT is price higher than the vivotab smart with Intel chip inside!! there's no point on a windows RT if it's going to be pricier than windows tablet that can run legacy apps!

posted on 07 May 2013, 22:46

38. roscuthiii (Posts: 1838; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I never got the feeling that MIcrosoft wanted Windows RT to survive in the first place.

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