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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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RE: I don't understand MS
By Motoman on 6/3/2013 2:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
I see you're using the word "ignorant" - but I don't think it means what you think it does.

See, "ignorant" means you don't know about some information. The information about how horrible Apple design and quality is covers the internet like water covers the ocean floor.

If you want to pretend that's not the case, then it is you who are ignorant - willfully so.


RE: I don't understand MS
By EnzoFX on 6/3/2013 4:02:01 PM , Rating: 2
You really want to compare it to the crap Desktops and Laptops that all the other OEM's have been pushing? The cheap plastic junk, with terrible keyboards and trackpads, who's batteries become utterly useless just outside the 1yr warranty. Seriously? That IS the majority on the Windows side of things. You're going to deny the decade long race to the bottom? Where the winner has been no one?


RE: I don't understand MS
By Motoman on 6/3/2013 4:09:59 PM , Rating: 3
Yup.

The winner is the consumer. There's such a broad range of Windows machines available that the price point has been pushed down to where you can get perfectly serviceable laptops for like $250.

Plastic is irreleveant. Ugly is a matter of taste. I've never heard any complaints about keyboards or trackpads (except from a Mactard like yourself, I guess).

I've been using a 17" Acer laptop for the past couple years as my own gaming laptop. It's all plastic. Performs great, considering that I paid something silly like $600 for it, and like all the other inexpensive, plastic, non-gloss-white laptops that I've seen over the past few years, has been great.

Only Mactards try to pretend any different.


RE: I don't understand MS
By EnzoFX on 6/3/2013 4:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and all your argument sums up to, taking the bias out, is that Apple hardware is not perfect. Great revelation there, when no one has said to be the case.


RE: I don't understand MS
By Motoman on 6/3/2013 4:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
People keep trying to insist that quality and engineering are pluses for Apple - when it's clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that they're horribly bad at both issues. That's the case.

At best, one could say that maybe Apple is no worse than the worst Wintel OEM. In reality, they're at the bottom of the barrel. Nobody puts out faulty and poorly-designed product like Apple does.


RE: I don't understand MS
By BRB29 on 6/3/2013 5:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, I never thought track pad was a big deal. Then I used the bigger and more fluid track pad of the mac book. I thought "damn, it is better" but i still don't want to pay extra for it. My lenovo has the quality track pad and brushed aluminum without the price premium.

I may not like the Macbooks and I don't need many of these niceties, but we all got it now for the same price or cheaper. Laptops have gotten much thinner and use of aluminum are more common. I'm merely praising Apple for pushing the industry. I still won't buy their overpriced products.


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