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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 ditched plans to launch its own Windows RT device in the U.S.
 
The upside to poor demand for Windows RT tablet for consumers is that weak demand has forced prices down.

Source: CNET



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RE: Bad name
By karimtemple on 4/16/2013 12:36:35 PM , Rating: 0
I hate to be mean about this, but you're absolutely delusional if you think someone is not going to be able to tell the difference in user experience between a $150 tablet and a $400 tablet. I mean, let's not get crazy here.

The Galaxy S2 could do everything the Galaxy S3 did, but the S3 moved 5000% more units because the S3 had a far nicer user experience. And no, it wasn't just software updates that did it. Just 'being able' to do something isn't the whole story.

Your list isn't real life because people will do what a tablet allows them to do. If they could buy a $600 tablet that let's them play Ultra HD VR Grand Theft Auto 8 and fly to outer space, no one would be able to keep them on the shelves.

An important example of this is Microsoft Office. You think the average person doesn't want to use Word and Excel? PowerPoint? Well, yes, they do. You can't do that on a $150 tablet. You can't do anything like that on a $150 tablet. Kingsoft Office is actually pretty sweet, but one thing it is NOT is an MS Office killer, and your $150 tablet does not have a desktop dock.

You're jumping the gun here. This tech isn't that powerful yet. In time $150 will be 'good enough.' Today is not that day.


RE: Bad name
By 91TTZ on 4/16/2013 12:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe $150 was a stretch, but the fact is that Microsoft is selling a tablet for $500 that competes with $300 tablets. As a result not many people are buying Surface.


RE: Bad name
By karimtemple on 4/16/2013 12:49:56 PM , Rating: 2
This I'll agree with. Windows 8 ARM should never have gone to market in the first place. My problem with the "$150 tablets are all you ever need" argument is that the experience on (today's) $150 tablets are garbage even to the 'layperson,' and for less than $500 you can get tablet with 'full' Windows 8 on it. The performance is respectable, and in a few months they'll have faster clocks and faster RAM.


RE: Bad name
By Motoman on 4/16/2013 1:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
You're wrong. About many things.

The 4 things I listed above are all the vast majority of people can even think of to do on a tablet. And we've shown many times that my wife's $150 Android tablet does those things exactly as fast as iPads and more expensive tablets. It makes no difference.

And no - the average person is categorically NOT going to play GTA on their tablet. The % of consumers that would even consider such a thing is so tiny as to not matter.

And also no on needing Office on a tablet. People don't do that...not average people. If they need to do something in Word or Excel they're going to switch to their laptop or desktop. Never mind the fact that ALL Android tablets can convert into a laptop, essentially, with a $15 keyboard/folder accessory from Amazon.

You, sir, are delusional.


RE: Bad name
By karimtemple on 4/16/13, Rating: 0
RE: Bad name
By Motoman on 4/16/2013 5:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
1. The $150 tablet works fine on those websites. You don't get to pretend it doesn't.

2. I don't care what it was - anyone wanting to play GTA isn't an average tablet consumer. You've missed the point.

3. Yes, a tablet is a computer. But firstly, people already have laptops and desktops with Office on them, will full-size keyboards and mice, and they tend to use those for actual productivity. Even with a keyboard, any tablet is pretty subpar for creating anything. Tablets are primarily consumption devices. So whether or not Microsoft Office in and of itself is available on Android is pretty much a non-starter. People don't care. That's not what they're buying a tablet for.

3a. Those $15 keyboard folders are wildly popular, and I've had my hands on a few of them myself. You can try to "fool" anyone you want to with your uninformed stupidity, but considering the things cost $15, the fact of the matter is that the prop the tablet up like a laptop and the keyboard works as advertised. If you don't like the $15 folder keyboard, then don't buy one - or buy something else that you think is reassuringly expensive. Your opinion is of no value.


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