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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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What's the appeal of RT?
By BillyBatson on 3/24/2013 1:13:23 PM , Rating: 2
I went with my friend to beat buy yesterday where he bought a 64gb Surface Pro. Great device especially once you switch to traditional desktop mode! I am still thinking about getting one but will be in a few months (I have 2 more important things to buy first). I don't see the appeal of a windowsRT tablet it I want a tablet that just surfs the Internet and apps I would sadly go with a simple iPad but I would never want something my phone already does. RT will never have a place in my home.

RE: What's the appeal of RT?
By Pirks on 3/24/2013 5:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
You should consider Clover Trail tablets with Windows 8, MS online store has a very cool one right now:

The price is unbelievable for Windows 8 tablet - only $399. With clean Windows 8 install and no bloatware whatsoever!

The amount of bang for a buck is light years ahead of anything. It's an iPad, a desktop, a laptop if you connect external mouse/kbd, it can run anything, all your old Windows apps, all new Metro apps, and it has full day battery life, it is thin and light too, quite a bit thinner and lighter than Surface Pro, costs less than half a price of Surface Pro too.

For $399 you can't go wrong with it. ESPECIALLY if you buy it from online MS store where it's guaranteed to come bloatware free with clean and fast Windows 8 install.

RE: What's the appeal of RT?
By kaalus on 3/27/2013 10:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
It's everything? Replace iPad? With a resolution of 1366x768 and pixels the size of lego bricks? It's not even suitable for browsing internet with this rubbish screen.

Respect your eyesight. Don't buy low res screens that will make everything unreadable and blurry.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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