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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RE: Bad name
4/16/2013 1:12:32 PM
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
4/16/2013 1:30:59 PM
- Your list did not include websites your $150 sucks for (please stop pretending they don't exist), Netflix, YouTube, video recording, videoconferencing, or this gorgeous thing ->
- The GTA example was "Ultra HD VR," meaning the user would be visually surrounded by a high-resolution image, not looking at a tablet screen. I believe you missed the point.
- I mentioned Office because people seem to keep forgetting that a computer is a computer. A tablet is a computer. If your tablet can't do what your desktop can do, it's because your tablet just isn't good enough to. Point blank. When the technology becomes sufficiently advanced enough (not that it is or isn't at this moment), there will be no reason to differentiate between what you "can" do on one platform or another.
And your $15 "laptop conversion" on your $150 tablet isn't fooling anyone. I promise. lol.
RE: Bad name
4/16/2013 5:35:54 PM
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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