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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 spread on 3/22/2013 10:22:11 PM , Rating: 0
Don't you know that Samsung ATIV S has the same advanced hardware that GS3 has?

Even if that is the case the OS is less configurable than Android. It simply does less. Less apps. Less choices. Less ways to personalize and adjust to your needs. Bigger icons? No. Bigger text? No. Better browser? No. Oh you want an app that does this cool feature? No.

No. No. No.

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.

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