NVIDIA not happy with Windows RT sales, lobbies for Outlook

NVIDIA not happy with Windows RT sales, lobbies for Outlook
At NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang voiced angst over the lagging sales of Windows RT devices noting that it did not meet his expectations.

“We expected to have sold more than we did,” he explained at the event. Huang further forecasted that Windows RT may earn a sliver 2% market share this year based on reports from IDC. Even that might be optimistic.

However, Huang firmly believes in Windows RT and called it a “disruptive” ecosystem, “I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT.” Obviously NVIDIA has a vested interest in RT’s success because the Windows operating system has been locked down and optimized for ARM based processors, like NVIDIA’s Tegra line of CPUs.

One thing Huang is hoping for is to see Microsoft produce an email client for Windows RT. He is even praying for one, “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete. I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please.”  We join Huang in his prayers.

Obviously it is up to Microsoft to answer his prayers, but unfortunately, if sales are lagging, Microsoft may not be willing to devote too many resources to the endeavor. However, we know that RT is basically a clamped down Windows 8, enforcing code integrity, so maybe it would be too strenuous an exercise for Microsoft.

One can pray.

sources: PCWorld via Microsoft News



1. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

He is definitelly right, everybody was expecting from MS to bring full AIO device, for casual people for web websurfing, SNS,...and with the hype of Office for RT, business men had a device that is very light, portable, huge battery and ability to even read emails from their corporate accounts. (Excel, Word etc no question about it...) After launch of RT, its features are not even close to any Android device which has EAS built in. Even my NOTE 1 - its stock client, can sync EAS+TASK!!!!, can do text formating,....which RT, MS made - can not!!! If my customers were not relaying on proper EXCEL formatting, i believe i completely get rid of MS from my life. Thanks MICROSOFT for 29EUR W8 upgrade, but my notebook can not find any usefull app from the store and mainly every app i tried freeze, or is unable to make proper update....updates after week or two when it still says "pending"..... ALL I WANTED FROM W8 was easy to use UI, similar to android, iOs platform, but with all your "goodies" for business. So what is RT platfom different from others? MS, such a big company brought nothing special, just uncomplete mess with no proper email client, bugs all over...10 Task apps that even do not offer sync to acounts... I might consider RT after a HUUGE update form MS, but i "fear" that by that time other platform might catch the train and then it will be late for them.

2. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Microsoft should just dump RT all together and use just Windows 8. Windows RT is just Windows 8 with a security block against desktop software. I don't see the point of RT.

3. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Microsoft love to make things confusing and complicated.

4. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

The idea behind it is good but if they take it more seriously....If the main point of RT is to care about tons of apps on the store - but RT and even W8 PC is not complete solution!!! I would like to use metro on my touch screen, but i need to use proper desktop apps.... I do not use any email client for metro - than i can not share via email. I use Remote desktop a lot - i can not copy/paste from metro app into desktop app. RDP client of metro is rubbish, do not offer scroling with fingers which PocketCloud on iOS and Android can...can not pinch to zoom the screen of RDP. Stock Email for metro..ok, better not talk abnout it.... So W8 is nothing special just W7 with "metro launcher" on top of it that is useless. (I am not talking about the look but the functionality!!!) Ans this is not enough for such a company like MS!!!

5. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

W8 on a tablet is Magic, on a desktop? OH HELL NAW, they should of made a Windows 8 Desktop Edition with metro styles here and there and more *click and type* features ... Microsoft are the 2nd biggest tech company, they have money, time, skills, resources and people to make the Windows platform far better (including windows phone) than the semi rubbish it is ... its just not good enough

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Magic it would be if METRO will talk to desktop and will work with each other. You have proper MS OUTLOOK on desktop? Want to share a pic from METRO - I WANT TO but can not!!! (Why shoud i use 2 email clients? metro+desktop??? Also the split screen feature of METRO - nice to have two apps open 20:80...but what if I want to split 2 apps into 50:50 by simple drag of the split line to the mid of the screen? I WANT TO! And i could write a lot of annoyances tha bother me daily...

7. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

To be honest i haven't spent enough time on W8 to notice the little annoyances and flaws, but maybe magic was an exaggeration ... but i do agree about the 50/50 split screen i love that on Windows 7 and is one of the many reasons i haven't got 8 yet.

8. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I did not bothered to go back to WIN7, put classic shell on top of the W8 and block METRO. 2 months did not opened the app store :) But i have to find time to reinstall back to W7. Only feature that i like now from W8 is picture password - thats all. :) I also work 90% of time on the 22" screen, expanded desktop of W8 is also uselles - it opens applications mainly on the small screen of the laptop and i have to drag them to the 22" screen - even i run them from 22" screen, all settings checked that 22" is the main screen.

14. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

the should have made two OS one for desktop and one for touch screens but no they had to f#$%^^&k things up

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Not quite. Windows RT is designed to run on the ARM architecture as opposed to Windows 8 which has to be run on x86. Considering that x86 is struggling to sync up with the lower cost, lower power consumption levels of ARM, there is still a market for Windows RT. Look at the Surface Pro for example. Expensive and has terrible battery life. The Surface however, is a cheaper product (though some would argue not low cost enough) with considerably better battery life. For RT to be competitive though, Microsoft needs to bring ALL of their first party apps on board (like Outlook) and be a lot better at enticing other companies to do the same.

9. Aeires unregistered

It's not a RT problem, it's a Windows 8 problem. W8 has a horrible adoption rate and will probably be remembered as the worse version of Windows yet.

11. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

But the thing is, Windows 8 isn't even all that different from Windows 7. The only huge differences are that the Start Menu is replaced by the Start Screen and the OS is optimized for touch screens.

12. Aeires unregistered

I disagree. W8 is like W7 only when it's forced into desktop mode. It would be doing much better if there was a default option to select what mode you operate in instead of getting the Metro UI every login.

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

But what good would be outlook with just 16G free space on RT? Can't even store the entire 25G Office365 account storage on RT through if i want to :)

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