Is Windows RT already dead? Acer sees no value in building RT hardware right now
posted by Ray S. / May 06, 2013, 8:24 AM
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?
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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 May 06, 2013, 8:34 AM 16
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Living dead™ with the Trademark™
posted on May 06, 2013, 8:58 AM 2
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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 May 06, 2013, 8:43 AM 4
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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 May 06, 2013, 8:53 AM 0
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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 May 06, 2013, 9:38 AM 2
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 May 06, 2013, 9:48 AM 2
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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 May 06, 2013, 11:41 AM 1
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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 May 06, 2013, 12:55 PM 0
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