Asus sticking with Windows 8, but kills off Windows RT tablet

by TabTimes Staff

August 9 2013

Asus said it's dropping support for Microsoft's Windows RT platform after poor sales. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Jerry Shen, Asus CEO, told the Wall Street Journal. 

Shen said that the company would still offer tablets that use Windows 8, like the Asus VivoTab Smart, but focus on devices powered by Intel instead of ARM.

In its last quarter, Microsoft reported it had to write-down $900 million in unsold Surface RT inventory. Since then, it's increased promotion for the Surface RT and dropped the price from $499 to $349.

Shen told the WSJ that Asus also took a writedown on its Windows RT tablets in the second quarter, but he didn't give a figure as to how much.

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