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: MS already said RT is for consumers, not businesses
5/2/2013 10:26:03 AM
LOL... The old "tablet in law". I have one of those myself. I got my Wife a Nook HD+ for $200 on sale and set it up with Cyanogenmod running Jellybean off the SD card. I was expecting it to be slow running from SD, but its actually running really well and now I want it. For $200 (it was a deal with a $70 gift card) she has a 9 inch tablet equal to the Kindle Fire HD+ with better res @ 1920x1280. Its an odd res, in between 16x10 and 4x3. Its really sharp. Great tablet for the price. Its no surface pro though, but at $200 its a sweet deal.
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