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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 91TTZ on 3/25/2013 10:04:38 AM , Rating: 2
And where is that statistic from? A poll on a tech savvy website telling you how many power users dislike Win8? All of the "average" people I've met that tried Windows 8 seem to like it. My mom happens to love her Surface RT, she's using it every second of the day.

He's basing it on the fact that Windows 8 isn't selling well at all. After the initial PR by Microsoft saying how fast it's selling, it became apparent that those sales were to OEMs who were promised that the product would be popular. The OEMs have had trouble selling Windows 8 products and orders to Microsoft have slowed drastically.

The loud backlash of complaints you hear is called a "vocal minority"

In this case they're not a vocal minority. The product is a flop. If Windows 8 sold like Windows 7 did and people were complaining then you'd have a point. But it's selling slower than Vista, which Microsoft acknowledged was a failure.

RE: It gets better with time?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2013 10:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
Not only is it selling poorly, but they are practically giving it away!

Once again Reclaimer is right, Windows 8 failed.

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