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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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RE: Both Ballmer and Angiulo are liars
By Nortel on 3/22/2013 2:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
ARM SoC's use WAY less power! They were comparing the garbage Tegra 3 vs a good Atom CPU. The A6x has an excellent graphics processing ability as well which was never compared to Atom.

I guess I'll never experience the amazing ability of running Outlook natively on my iPad, what a shame there are no better email clients out there.

MS doesn't have a clue about what they are doing, if they killed RT it would be yet another MS failure and I can't see them giving up so early.

Pirks, maybe you can direct us to a currently available Atom x86 cpu with the same power and better performance vs the A6x cpu. Keep in mind the A6x is only 4w.

By Pirks on 3/22/2013 3:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
Intel will attack A6x with Haswell and Bay Trail, I think they will succeed given their huge manufacturing tech advantage. If they pwned ARM Tegra 3 with Clover Trail which is ancient architecture built on an old manufacturing process, you can imagine what Bay Trail will achieve, given the brand new GPU, brand new OOO core and modern 22nm process.

What I was saying was more like: by putting Tegra 3 inside Surface MS has made a huge strategic mistake because Clover Trail tablets pwn Surface RT in both speed and battery life, as well as backward Windows app compatibility. So at least for MS ARM indeed does suck big time and sticking to Atom for them would be MUCH wiser choice.

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