Lenovo: Businesses Don't Want Windows RT
May 1, 2013 11:55 AM
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Lenovo is using Windows 8 Pro for its new ThinkPad Helix instead
Lenovo chose to use Windows 8 Pro for its new hybrid notebook/tablet because it believes businesses
don't want Windows RT
Lenovo Think PC and visual category manager Simon Kent said Windows 8 Pro was the obvious choice for its new hybrid notebook/tablet -- the ThinkPad Helix -- because businesses want the full Windows 8 experience instead of the sliced and diced OS that is Windows RT.
"We don't believe that Windows RT is what businesses want," Kent said. "This is particularly true for a premium product such as Helix, which gives you the performance and capability of a full Ultrabook as well as a business tablet."
"Even Microsoft has started to review the RT path they have gone down."
Kent described the ThinkPad Helix as an Ultrabook first and a tablet second, where businesses can use it as a hard-working, performance tool or just a vehicle for content consumption -- whether they're at a desk or on-the-go.
Windows RT has been a huge disappointment for hardware makers. Companies like Dell and Lenovo have recently
slashed the prices of their RT-powered devices
because they can't seem to clear their inventory. For instance, Lenovo offered a seven-day deal last month where its IdeaPad Yoga 11 was available for just $599 -- down from the original $799 price. Amazon sells the model for just $499.
The Dell XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT, which launched at $500 for the 32GB, is now $450. The 64GB model launched at $599 and is now $499.
Neil Hand, head of Dell's tablet and high-end PC business, even told
demand for the XPS 10 tablet
was a disappointment.
"Demand is not where I would like it to be at this point in time," said Hand. "The amount of market information about it is not good enough, and the market sentiment is still pretty negative."
Despite criticism of Windows RT, Microsoft has been
defending its baby
and denying rumors that it will die off. However, a
source anonymously revealed that Microsoft has sold 1.5 million Surface tablets as of March. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets and about 400,000
Surface with Windows Pro
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RE: Windows RT was just a contingency plan
5/1/2013 11:32:52 PM
Yeah I agree with you. Why couldn't they have allowed recompiling desktop apps to arm and put them in the store. It would have made the product way more compelling.
We haven't heard anything about the windows 8.1 RT release though.. and it sounds like microsoft is starting to take feedback for windows 8 seriously (after their sales disaster...) so maybe there is still hope for it.
RE: Windows RT was just a contingency plan
5/2/2013 12:17:29 AM
Preventing people from compiling desktop apps for Windows RT and sticking strictly to a closed marketplace environment decreases malware and also makes the platform more viable for businesses who wish to protect their content, such as the media industry, who will likely be more willing to provide content via xbox music and xbox videos if they can be more assured that people won't just write programs to rip the DRM off their content on that platform.
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