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Microsoft's Michael Angiulo  (Source: Business Insider)
Windows RT may already be turning to vinegar

Microsoft continues to defend its sagging Windows RT operating system. So far one of the only products that run the operating system is Microsoft's own Surface RT tablet, which has seen very low sales. Earlier this month, sales of the Microsoft Surface family of tablets missed targets and analysts reduced their sales forecasts.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continues to insist that Surface is a "real business", but sales figures suggest otherwise. Major Microsoft partner Samsung has announced that it won't be releasing a Windows RT tablet in the United States because of poor demand. Samsung has left the door open to introduce a RT device later if the market demands it. So far, that demand seems unlikely.

CNET recently had an interview with Microsoft corporate vice president for Windows planning Michael Angiulo.  During the talk the Microsoft executive spent some time focusing on what makes Windows RT important for Microsoft.
Angiulo stated, "It was a ton of work for us and we didn't do the work and endure the disruption for any reason other than the fact that there's a strategy there that just gets stronger over time. Looking at things now like power performance and standby time and passive [fanless] form factors. When we launched windows 8, it was really competitive with a full-sized iPad. A lot of that was made possible by the ARM [chip] architecture."

In addition, Angiulo talked a bit about complaints of legacy software not working on Windows RT. He said, "People are talking about legacy desktop software not running, but they don't think about the customer benefit of only running modern apps. The only apps that you install from the Windows store are the kind, that as a customer, you can manage your rights to."

Angiulo also believes that ARM-powered tablets will have a higher percentage shipping that feature mobile broadband because the devices have longer battery life the comparable Intel platform devices. Battery life is a big selling factor for ARM-powered devices, and increased power consumption continues to be a downside to Intel hardware in the tablet and mobile market.

Source: CNET

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Haven't seen any Surface available to purchase
By hellokeith on 3/22/2013 1:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
Been to several different big electronics retailers, and I haven't seen Surface/RT/Pro at all. And I've only seen a handful of Windows 8 computers, that were all-in-one desktop models.

A competitor's commercial shows the product being used featuring a number of different apps. Surface commercial comes on and has a bunch of people dancing around.

What gives Microsoft?

RE: Haven't seen any Surface available to purchase
By json19 on 3/22/2013 1:46:16 PM , Rating: 1
I completely agree. This will be a bigger bust than Vista due to how many different categories it affects. At least people bought Vista, no one wants to get near Windows 8, certainly not businesses.

The tablets have the worst UI of the new products. They couldn't even align the control panel with the tablet interface options. It feels like two different devices on one piece of hardware.

I have no clue why it took them so long to come up with this.

RE: Haven't seen any Surface available to purchase
By Spuke on 3/22/2013 2:37:32 PM , Rating: 3
Businesses don't buy new OS's, you won't see a big push for Win8 from them for a number of years. They're just now getting into Win7. Why would they change again so soon? The government's not switching either.

By json19 on 3/23/2013 9:13:34 AM , Rating: 2
Business is an eventual target and many of the OEMs are building WIN 8 tablets for business right now, so you would be incorrect.

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