Most tablet vendors have apparently ditched Windows RT

by Doug Drinkwater

June 20 2013

Samsung's Ativ Tab has also struggled for sales
Samsung's Ativ Tab has also struggled for sales

It’s been a turbulent few months for Microsoft with Windows RT but things may be about to get a whole lot worse. A new report claims that most tablet vendors have stopped working on the operating system.

Citing sources in Taiwan’s supply chain, news website Digitimes claims that “most brand vendors have already stopped developing related products” and says that Microsoft’s second-generation Surface RT remains the only new Windows RT tablet set to come to market.

The website even compared it to webOS, the Palm operating system which was sold to HP and then made open-source last year.

Windows RT has had a troublesome start since launching last October, especially when it comes to tablets.

Microsoft’s own Surface RT has struggled for sales, while Samsung’s Ativ Tab was only launched in certain regions and is apparently unlikely to be followed by a successor anytime soon. HTC and Nokia have also previously had plans to release Windows RT tablets but are yet to do so.

Some analysts have since called for Microsoft to kill Windows RT in order to concentrate on Windows 8 but there may yet be some light at the end of the tunnel for the ARM-powered version of Windows 8.

Dell is rumoured to be working on a new Windows RT tablet to follow up the XPS 10 while Microsoft looks almost certain to follow up on that model with an 8-inch device at some point this month, possibly with LTE support.

Microsoft also recently confirmed that Outlook will come to Windows RT devices and said that a free version of Microsoft Office will be pre-loaded on smaller tablets.

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  • Vipul
    1 year 4 months ago

    Considering the developer revenue sharing marketplace called Windows Store is a Microsoft monopoly on Windows RT, unlike Windows 8/Server 2012 where apps maybe available as 3rd party store certified(CNET downloadcrew, ...) or even as far as plain uncertified, Microsoft hardly needs to charge for licensing Windows RT to run on devices. Rather they need to charge consumers for Store membership. Also RT is ARM CPU tablet's PC Windows rather than Phone Windows which competes with Android and iOS. Apple and Google promote tablet as less than Chromium MacOS suited mobile handsets at par with Windows Phone. Unlike Symbian with proprietary formats for user data for contacts etc., these smart OSs support non-native formats. Still PC capability of freeing up private data from 3rd party wireless carrier based cloud services providers is as lagging as it is for Phone Windows..

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