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  (Source: The Guardian)
But will it be enough to push sales?

Microsoft is reportedly cutting the price of its Windows RT software for smaller tablets in an effort to boost sales of the failing OS

It's not clear how much Microsoft charges hardware makers for Windows RT software, and since the pricing talks are confidential, the exact amount of the price cut hasn't been released either. 

A price cut could be a helpful start to bringing Windows RT back to life. The OS was released October 26, 2012 (when Windows 8 launched) as a platform for ARM-based devices. It's not the whole Windows 8 experience, as it lacks key software (such as Windows Media Player) and isn't compatible with as many desktop applications or hardware as Intel-based Windows 8 Pro devices.

Hardware makers haven't seen a whole lot of success with RT. Back in April, many computer companies started slashing the prices of their RT-based tablets in hopes of clearing their stock. For instance, at that time, Dell's 32GB XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT launched at $500 last fall and dropped to $450. The XPS 10 was slashed again in May to a starting price of $299.99. ASUS' VivoTab RT was another device to take a cut ($599 at launch, cut to $382 for 32GB on Amazon while Newegg listed it as "discontinued").

With Computex getting underway in Taipei this week, hardware makers are unveiling future devices -- and RT doesn't seem to be in too many company plans.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it currently doesn't have any plans for an RT device. Acer called Windows RT "immature," and said that it is focusing on Windows 8 Pro and Android-based tablets instead. Samsung said it hasn't decided whether it should make a successor to its RT tablet. 

However, a couple of companies are continuing on with Windows RT. HTC, while deciding against a larger RT-based tablet, said it will develop a 7-inch device with Windows RT. Dell is also working on a new RT tablet and plans to update the XPS 10 this year. 

It looks like Microsoft will keep its original price of $499 for its Surface with Windows RT tablet. 

If Microsoft offers the Windows RT software (which comes pre-installed only) at a discount, hardware makers can sell devices to consumers for cheap and hopefully clear their inventory. But will a price cut be enough to push future device sales and justify R&D on RT-based tablets?

Source: Bloomberg



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so much attention on RT...
By xti on 6/3/2013 10:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
...when they could be pushing PRO tablets to be cheaper, most in the limelight, etc...

x86-compatible iPad killer is something i cant see failing...yet they are trying hard to prove me wrong...




RE: so much attention on RT...
By Rage187 on 6/3/2013 11:14:52 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I recommend pro tablets all the time, but since most software does not work on the RT, I can't even find edge cases where I would recommend them.


RE: so much attention on RT...
By Argon18 on 6/3/2013 3:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody wants an x86 Windows tablet. They've been pushing that crap for over a decade and nobody is buying. I should know, I had one from Compaq in 1999. It's clunky and crap and its the answer to a question nobody asked. People who want such a disaster probably are the same people who bought the Pontiac Aztek. Lol.


RE: so much attention on RT...
By xti on 6/3/2013 11:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
why would you settle for the clunky ones? they need to push for an x86 tablet that is as light as an ipad and as strong as typical laptops today.

granted it could kill the laptop market, but i dont see how it would fail.


RE: so much attention on RT...
By Argon18 on 6/4/2013 1:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
Here's why it would fail: it doesn't exist.

There is no x86 chip that's low-power enough for an iPad form factor (i.e. fanless) and also gets good battery life. That's why ARM is making such a killing - intel & AMD have nothing to compete with.

And even if intel or AMD did produce an ultra low-power x86 chip, it would still fail, and here's why. It wouldn't be fast enough to run x86 software. ARM chips are a whole lot slower than x86 - but that's fine because the software is all optimized specifically for those chips. An x86 chip with similar performance would be horrid and painfully slow at commodity x86 software, it would be unusable.

So the reality of the situation is that if you need x86 compatibility and speed, in a portable form factor, a laptop if your only option. And it will remain your only option for the foreseeable future.


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