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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 Uncle on 3/22/2013 10:22:00 PM , Rating: 2
"Angiulo talked a bit about complaints of legacy software not working on Windows RT." and why shouldn't people complain? I paid good money for my so called legacy software, now I'm suppose to get rid of it, move to Microsoft's march and buy new proprietary software that does the same as my Legacy. Whats next, a name change,IMicrosoft. Other then apple so many companies learned that consumers don't like proprietary anything and Microsoft is still trying to get there.

RE: It gets better with time?
By Ktracho on 3/27/2013 8:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
So I bought an iPad when it came out. Now all of a sudden I couldn't run any of the Mac OS X apps I had accumulated over time with real money. Did I complain? Well ..., actually I don't have an iPad, but my wife has one, and she hasn't complained about that.

Although Windows 7/8 and Windows RT have similar names, the hardware they run on is as similar as iMacs are to iPads. That doesn't necessarily mean Windows RT is doomed to fail just because of this difference.

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