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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: It gets better with time?
By Pirks on 3/22/2013 3:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
Google Maps isn't on it yet along with Google Navigation
You don't like Nokia Drive navigation? Why?
phone makers still haven't made phones with as big of screens and as good of hardware as Android phones
Why are you lying? Don't you know that Samsung ATIV S has the same advanced hardware that GS3 has? You know the current flagship Android phone form Samsung? Ever heard about it huh?

And don't try to lie about GS4 that is yet to start selling in some undefined future :P
Just aren't what I'm looking for
Of course they aren't because you don't know about them, hehe. You heard about Samsung ATIV S only now after I told you about it. Maybe you should learn about WP8 a bit better, huh?

By the way, been talking to a friend of mine form Toronto, the guy asked me what's better to get for free on 2 year contract - iPhone 4 or Sony Xperia Go. I looked at both, and Xperia got much worse screen that iPhone but it had SD card slot. The guy was almost convinced to buy Sony because he wanted SD slot and then... dig this, man... I went to Telus Mobility web site and while quickly browsing their free on 2 year contract offerings (the only ones he was considering 'cause he's on a budget ya know ;) I noticed Lumia 620.

Boy this phone pwns the other Android crap in there for the same low price. I mean it. I compared specs - one of the best CPUs in this class, same for GPU, 64GB SD slot, DOUBLE the battery life of Android phones for the same price, real cool screen with double the resolution of cheap Android crap, almost the iPhone's resolution actually, all the bells and whistles he wanted but quite a bit better that Android crap for the same price ($250 without contract). Well, at least among what was Telus offering online.

So check this out: that guy was a heavy Android user and now he was like "man, this is really cool, so do you think I should get it? the specs are the best for that price" - I said "do you have any dependency on Android apps or something" - he said "no". So I said he should probably get this Lumia thing, and he agreed, kinda. I dunno if he gets it, 'cause he was Android only guy and he's afraid to jump the ship of course... but we'll see. I'll post update later, maybe. If something interesting happens with his WP8 purchase... that is, if he buys it at all.
the next Surface RT would be on my radar
No it won't be. RT is dead because Clover Trail killed it last year. You just never saw any anandtech reviews of RT and Clover Trail, did you? Well, time to read up on the hardware, man.

If you buy any RT tablet including Surface RT you're an idiot.

If you buy Surface Pro then it's a tough case because Acer's W700 tablet with same Core i5 has much better battery life so you're still kinda idiot... unless you are an artist and need a cool pen to draw.

If you buy Clover Trail tablet you're a smart motherfucker. And if you buy Core i5 tablet you're rich too. In addition to being smart.

See it's very easy to tell who you are by looking at what kind of Win8 tablet you got. Hehe.

Ask questions if you don't understand something about Win8 tablets, I'll reply gladly.

RE: It gets better with time?
By spread on 3/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: It gets better with time?
By Pirks on 3/22/2013 11:01:33 PM , Rating: 2
If crappy configurable OS were selling better than quality non-configurable one, then Apple would go bankrupt a long ago, since they specialize in quality non-configurable devices.

Which shows that people prefer to pay for quality, not for configurability. Hence MS is going in the right direction by following the money trail left by Apple, and not following advice of various Android trolls who love to "configure" everythjing to death, you know.

RE: It gets better with time?
By Tony Swash on 3/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: It gets better with time?
By InsGadget on 3/24/2013 1:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
it seems fairly clear that the initial launch of W8 on phones and tablet has been, from Microsoft's perspective, a failure.

I don't agree with this. The fact that Windows Phone has any growth at all in this highly competitive smartphone OS market is telling. All other players are failing besides the (now) Big 3.

And Windows 8 is doing fine. Windows RT is a different story, but Win8 is fine.

RE: It gets better with time?
By BillyBatson on 3/24/2013 1:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
lol so customization is that important to you on a phone? I'm not going to lie it might be useful to some but I've never had to resize my icons or add a background image to be happy with my device. The only thing you're right a out is wp8 having less apps and that won't last forever and then you will have no argument other than not being able to resize your icons lol

"It simply does less"
lol how ignorant you really are.

RE: It gets better with time?
By damianrobertjones on 3/24/2013 6:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
The W700 has throttling issues

RE: It gets better with time?
By Pirks on 3/25/2013 3:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Prooflink or it didn't happen

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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