Microsoft's second Surface RT tablet might be the sole king of a barren land

Microsoft's second Surface RT tablet might be the sole king of a barren land
Microsoft's second generation Surface RT tablet might be nearing release with fast processor and a lower price, but it is likely to remain the sole king of a land nobody goes to, say upstream supply chain sources. Most manufacturers, it seems, have already dropped plans for developing Windows RT-based products, given the timid sales of their first batch, due to the limited number of applications for the platform.

The low single digits market share of Microsoft in the tablet and smartphone market is not conducive to trust in a sidenote OS like Windows RT, either. Given the wonders that manufacturers are doing with the new crop of thin and light Haswell-based Windows 8 convertibles, whose battery life is now nearing the tablet realm, and let you run any legacy Windows program ever created, the case for Win RT is now Microsoft's to prove.

source: Digitimes

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9 Comments

1. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Still, wRT is more sucessfull than chome os...

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

And less successful than Android tablet and ipad..xp

3. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why did microsoft invest heavily in marketing. Would have been better off to just have sold the units at a much cheaper price to gain market share.

4. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I really wish they drop RT and sell just Windows 8. Why not give the full PC experience in their cheaper tablets? No one could resist that.

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I still would take a RT device at 7-8" and a decent price. My laptop runs full blown Windows for when I need it.

6. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I soo agree with that! I just need that FULL MS Office software running on a mobile/instant on/lightweight OS to be used on the go... If the price is comparable to lets say Galaxy Note tablet series or even cheaper, that would be really attractive in my opinion.. I would buy that over the Note 8.0!

7. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

If Microsoft is successful in selling the RT versions to educations outlets the RT will be a big hit IMO. Students will see the benefits and that will spur on purchases at home. The so called "land where nobody goes to" may just be filled with milk and honey for all. :)

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

the Apple Ipads and the Android tablets are just like the Windows RT OS tablet in that they just run touch screen Apps not PC programs. It is sad that the Folks just want Windows 8 tablets which run touch screen Apps and PC Desktop Programs. I think windows Rt tablets failed because they came to market at a price point that was too high for a lot of people. the next Windows surface Rt tablets will be better it will add office out look to it's office suite and may get 3G capability if they sell below 400 dollars they will be worth buying because they come loaded with a Microsoft suite that is worth over 300 dollars if you tried to buy it for your PC. The surface Rt will be a low cost laptop alternative. I still think windows RT should be on the Barnes and Noble 9 inch NOOK e-reader because you do not need a full PC OS for an E-reader. it's the only product I see Windows Rt would be a great match up with

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

correction the current costs of 2013 Office home and student and Microsoft outlook is about 250 dollars these programs will be on the new Windows Surface RT- 8.1 that will be out this year making the Surface RT a low cost Laptop replacement for sure. so if it sell for 400 dollars it will still be a good buy I think. I again say Windows Rt on a Barnes an Noble 9 inch Nook HD plus would be a good product because you do not need a full desktop Windows OS on an E-Book reader

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