Dell Executive Admits Windows RT Demand is Disappointing
April 16, 2013 10:07 AM
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Windows RT continues to struggle
With millions of consumers snapping up tablets running iOS and Android, Microsoft had high hopes of competing its Windows RT operating system. So far, consumers have yet to fully embrace Windows RT, or Windows 8 for that matter. In fact, many analysts are pointing to Windows 8 as part of the reason for the
woes in the computer industry
A Dell executive recently stated that demand for the company's first Windows RT device, the Dell XPS 10, has been weaker than expected. "Demand is not where I would like it to be at this point in time," Neil Hand, head of Dell's tablet and high-end PC business, told CNET. "The amount of market information about it is not good enough, and the market sentiment is still pretty negative."
Hand also says that the Windows app experience "has not been as strong as it needed to be."
Dell and Hand aren't alone in criticism of Windows RT. Windows RT is the first version of the Windows operating system specifically designed to work with ARM-based processors from NVIDIA, QUALCOMM, and others.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has also noted that sales of Windows RT devices have been disappointing. Samsung even
to launch its own Windows RT device in the U.S.
The upside to poor demand for Windows RT tablet for consumers is that
has forced prices down.
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An interesting turn of events
4/16/2013 10:37:11 AM
RT is pretty awkward. All they needed was for Runtime to exist, and to be inside Windows 8 x86-64. They didn't need to do a production build-out of Windows 8 ARM. They could've just kept it in the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency box. They
But speaking of Dell, the Latitude 10 is surprisingly decent. Probably not quite as good as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, but definitely a silver medal.
In general the Z2760 tablets are really very interesting. Some have desktop docks. Some also have laptop docks. Tablets with Windows proper and a finger-oriented interface -- exactly what some of us have been waiting for since the late 90's. Exactly what netbooks were supposed to be in the first place. It's almost as if some kind of technological revolution happened and no one cared.
Of course, the Windows performance aspect will need to bump up a notch or two (especially at current $450 - $500 pricing) before we can start talking about how much of a blessing it is that we finally have these devices. And of course the Start Screen needs some fairly deep improvements before people are really comfortable with Windows 8. Still, I view this as a secret triumph. To me, it's a little eerie to think that no one is celebrating this.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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