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 5:38:59 PM
We've done "taste tests" several times with our $150 Android tablet side-by-side with iPads and more expensive devices, like Transformers.
Web surfing speed is subjectively the same. Maybe you can come up with differentiation on some kind of benchmark, but it won't make any difference in usability. I can't speak about the Nook...I never even laid eyes on one.
It's kind of like trying to convince my mom that she should spend $1500 on a big-ass gaming rig PC like I have. The thing is, is my mom used my PC to check her email do Facebook, and play Angry Birds, the 6-core CPU, 16Gb of RAM, Radeon 7850 GPU and SSD aren't going to make the slightest difference. All the things she does happen just as fast on a 10-year old Windows XP machine from the bottom bin at Walmart.
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