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[SD] Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

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http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/07/31/1242255/asus-ceo-on-windows-rt-were-out
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Asus chairman and CEO Jonney Shih says they will not make any more Windows RT devices until Microsoft proves demand for the product. This leaves Dell as the only OEM who has not sworn off Windows RT. Dell is seeking to take itself private, relying on a $2 billion loan from Microsoft."
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Windows RT was a mistake.

I can only imagine how many people bought what was advertised as a "Windows tablet" only to find that none of their Windows applications will run on it.
    
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It's like watching rats abandon a sinking ship.
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LOL redface.gif
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Windows RT was relevant before when there was nothing but ARM processors that could reasonably fit within a low enough TDP for tablets.

However, now, with BayTrail and Temash coming out, x86 is just now competitively entering that market segment. No longer will we have to sacrifice form factor & battery life for functionality, and vice versa.

That being said, RT was perfectly fine for anybody who just wanted media consumption. One of the only few tablets that you can attach a mouse or keyboard too, with a OS that natively supports that input, or even a full sized USB storage device. For sharing family pictures and Netflix, it's perfectly fine. Youtube on it sucks though....
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Now if, in addition, Asus would begin to preload Windows 7 instead of that misformed child between a desktop and tablet OS/UI on desktops / laptops, we'd be golden.
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I've never seen a use for RT because it's a gimped version of Windows, and with Windows 8 Pro tablets becoming more power efficient, there's little reason to opt for RT these days.

Sorry MS, you dropped the ball hard on RT.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Windows RT was relevant before when there was nothing but ARM processors that could reasonably fit within a low enough TDP for tablets.

However, now, with BayTrail and Temash coming out, x86 is just now competitively entering that market segment. No longer will we have to sacrifice form factor & battery life for functionality, and vice versa.

That being said, RT was perfectly fine for anybody who just wanted media consumption. One of the only few tablets that you can attach a mouse or keyboard too, with a OS that natively supports that input, or even a full sized USB storage device. For sharing family pictures and Netflix, it's perfectly fine. Youtube on it sucks though....

But that market is so ruled by Apple and the various android using companies these days it isn't even funny. You can't make a competitive product and expect a lot of sales. You'd have to make something that every source said is an amazing product to even get a strong foot hold in that market now.

A business tablet that can install desktop applications using the already existing volume license agreements and corporate keys is what is needed.
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Nobody wants a Windows tablet that doesn't run Windows programs. If I was going to buy into a totally locked down platform like Windows RT today I would go with an iPad instead, as they have established high quality standards, a huge library of apps, and a well developed app ecosystem.

Now a Windows tablet that runs actual Windows programs, games, etc., like the Pro is an easier sale. Why does Microsoft think the market can support two closed platform competitors? If they want to dominate they need to do it the same way they did with the desktop. Open platform.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post

Nobody wants a Windows tablet that doesn't run Windows programs. If I was going to buy into a totally locked down platform like Windows RT today I would go with an iPad instead, as they have established high quality standards, a huge library of apps, and a well developed app ecosystem.

Now a Windows tablet that runs actual Windows programs, games, etc., like the Pro is an easier sale. Why does Microsoft think the market can support two closed platform competitors? If they want to dominate they need to do it the same way they did with the desktop. Open platform.

This is what i've been saying all along, you can't just come in and say "Hey, let's be Apple" when APPLE already exists and sells.
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