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

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



1. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Living dead™ with the Trademark™

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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. :)

17. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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 " !!!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The words™ are all™

18. Dastrix unregistered

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

24. Seymur unregistered

Probably new to the internet.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Been visiting PA for 28 months! You're new here, not me™

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!

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 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

5. poopApple

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Windows RT = crap

6. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

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.

8. kychang71

Posts: 1; Member since: May 06, 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.

9. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

15. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's ®DEAD® R.I.P™

16. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012


13. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It was already dead before they even announced it.

19. mikjmill13

Posts: 2; Member since: May 06, 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.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

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.

22. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

23. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

It was dead for me when i saw its commerical

25. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

26. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 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 :)

28. virde

Posts: 1; Member since: May 06, 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.

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