Lenovo Discontinues Online Sales of Yoga 11 Windows RT Tablet
July 18, 2013 8:25 AM
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Some units still available through resellers
Microsoft has been having a rough time with its fledgling Windows RT operating system. Devices using the tablet-centric operating system, have sold poorly since the operating system was introduced last year. The flagship tablet running the operating system from Microsoft, Surface RT, recently received a
significant price cut
in an effort to spur sales.
Another Windows RT licensee, Lenovo, recently removed the Yoga 11 hybrid tablet that runs Windows RT from its online lineup. Some analysts are seeing Lenovo's move as another sign that computer makers in general are beginning to abandon the Windows RT operating system
Lenovo posted a page on its website that said the Yoga 11 hybrid tablet is no longer available directly from Lenovo, but people interested in the device "may still buy this product from a Lenovo retailer or reseller."
Back in May, a version of the Yoga 11 tablet called the
running an Intel Core processor launched. That version of the tablet runs the full-blown Windows 8 operating system.
Analyst Jack Gold from J. Gold Associates said, "I think you’ll see most vendors of RT tablets move in the same direction as Lenovo. RT tablets have not been selling well at all."
"New Intel chips should help get the battery/power down so vendors can achieve parity with iPads and other ARM tablets," he continued.
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RE: How About Lowering the Prices First
7/19/2013 12:43:59 PM
I can't speak for everyone, but I WANT to like MS. They don't make it easy.
In a nutshell, they do what they want to do and try to move the market to them. This may work or not, but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you are forced into a course of action.
And it's everywhere with them, from Exchange Server to Windows 8 to XB One, etc...
They want to be like Apple, but they don't have the charisma.
RE: How About Lowering the Prices First
7/19/2013 8:21:53 PM
Apple did not succeed due to charisma alone. Their app store is well stocked when they launched iPad and it is the first device that was marketed to the public at this low price point. MS has tried tablet approach before, and it sold in thousands of dollars to the professional market. Apple simply has more market sense than Microsoft, which completely ignored the situation in their own app store, ignored the need of the tablet users (most tablet user care nothing about Office), ignored the market trend to switch to low cost $200 tablet, when they launched Surface RT and priced it at $499. It was exactly the same mistake HP and Blackberry made, which apparently decision makers in Microsoft failed to learn from.
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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