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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 Luticus on 3/22/2013 3:15:57 PM , Rating: 3
The reason RT isn't selling is because the whole advantage to having windows on a tablet is to be able to use windows software on a touch enabled more portable device. If you lose the legacy windows software (you know, all that stuff that makes windows great) then you basically lose every advantage you had for running windows. At that point it makes no difference what you run. People don't want "modern apps" because "modern apps" generally suck, big time. The ONLY goods one I can even think of is NetFlix and maybe Skype. Even the ever popular Microsoft office 2013 isn't a "modern app", that's how much they suck. Why do they suck so bad? Because the are crippled, on purpose, by Microsoft. That said, I love windows 8 x86/64 and have it on many systems including a tablet.

RE: It gets better with time?
By EnzoFX on 3/22/2013 4:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
This. They're late to the game, and the game is more mature than where MS stands. Not by a huge margin, but I think MS needs to outdo the competition to be a real worthy choice.

RE: It gets better with time?
By dgingerich on 3/23/2013 11:18:13 PM , Rating: 3
(you know, all that stuff that makes windows great)

Do you mean the stuff that gives support techs the greatest headaches when supporting Windows? Believe me, during my 13 years as a support tech, older apps were always the biggest headache. Most of the time all I could think of while fixing some stupid Oracle 7 app, a mainframe interface, or some horrible old DOS app was "why can't these idiot executives just buckle down and pay for the upgrade and stop with all the extra cost of supporting these crappy old apps?" The fact is supporting those older app costs far more than just buying an upgrade, especially when it's more than two generations old. They cost more in one year than it would cost to just upgrade.

I have a Dell XPS 10 tablet with keyboard dock. It's the best thing since sliced bread, mostly. I can carry it around in my lab and SSH into linux and unix servers (using one of those "modern apps") or remote desktop into Windows servers and do all sorts of admin tasks. I can pull up Office documents while standing at a rack in order to find out what IP address or OS a server has, or fill out disposal forms for old servers I'm about to scrap. (You know, Word and Excel are included with WinRT.) All from this little 10" screen.

Granted, I can't use it for a serial interface to FC RAID arrays or switches, but people are working on that.

Even more, there are several games I like to play on it. Sure, there aren't a ton, but there are ones I like. On a system that takes a small fraction of the power of my main gaming system. I can also watch Hulu or Netflix, and read books from it. It hasn't taken the place of my main system yet, but it's getting closer than ever before. The "modern apps" you deride so much have actually worked quite well for me, including a game that is a lot like Diablo 3.

Windows RT doesn't have to get better. It's great as it is. It's everything I need from it, far superior to the severely limited Android or iOS. It's as capable as Windows 8, which is also great. You probably just haven't used it yet.

RE: It gets better with time?
By rountad on 3/26/2013 12:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
USB to RS232 adapter for console connections?

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