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Jonney Shih on Windows RT: “The result is not very promising,”

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has announced that his company is pulling away from Windows RT. The chairman says that one of the only bets he's made in the technology industry that didn't pan out was Windows RT.

Shih isn't saying that ASUS is ruling out future Windows RT products, but his company is putting the bulk of its energy and money into devices running Intel chips.

ASUS isn't alone in pulling away from Windows RT; Lenovo recently discontinued online sales of its Yoga 11 Windows RT tablet. Microsoft itself is also facing challenges in selling Windows RT devices and recently cut the base price for its Surface RT tablet to $349 in the U.S.

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih [Image Source: NYT]
Microsoft was also forced to take a $900 million write-down due to its inability to sell sufficient volumes of the Surface Tablet.
Shih also pointed a finger at Microsoft for missteps with Windows 8, noting that one of its most popular apps is one to bring back the classic Start menu (this “misstep” is being addressed with Windows 8.1).

ASUS recently unveiled a new machine called the Transformer Book Trio running both Windows and Android operating systems. The chairman also noted that ASUS is considering building 10-inch and eight-inch Windows tablets, but admits the 10-inch may be the better choice.

Source: AllthingsD

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RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By GPig on 7/31/2013 10:01:33 AM , Rating: -1
It hasn't been removed, it's simply changed form slightly. It was also the most useless part of Win 7 - since pinning became the defacto way to open apps and recent apps. All the start menu was useful for was search... which has now improved (more so in 8.1).

I cannot believe some of you dinosaurs are still banging on about a glorified context menu ;P

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By hughlle on 7/31/2013 10:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
Useless to you. De-facto to you. Not to everyone though. I have 2 apps and the user folder button pinned. I will not pin any more. I want space on my taskbar to be able to quickly access all of my open files folder and applications.

By inighthawki on 7/31/2013 11:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of people who suggest that "you just need to pin 100 things to the taskbar" I don't think realize that some people use taskbar buttons with labels and that pinning that many things severely limits the available space.

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By spamreader1 on 7/31/2013 11:04:33 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the context menu so much as it is the change from hierarchy to anarchy. Our Paragon suite alone has 34 individual applications. Then we still have PACS, CPACs, LAB, QC, Billing and Reconcilliation apps, Office, etc., etc. Win8 is unsuited for hospital environments, it's entirely too difficult for users to find the app they are looking for. Yes they can eventually find it, but there's no way we wouldn't hear endless whining if we deployed Win8 without a 3rd party start menu. I imagine most professional realms have similar issues.

By JPForums on 7/31/2013 11:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
If you get stuck with Windows 8 (or preferably 8.1), you should create an individual column (you can insert vertical spaces to make it stand out) for Paragon and/or any other suites with a large number of individual apps. The small tiles in Win 8.1 would help here. Standalone apps would be arranged with other related apps in logical order. As long as the setup is uniform across the hospital, it can be made to work pretty efficiently. It just takes some effort and a slight learning curve. Alternately, stick with with Win 7 and get similar efficiency with little setup and no new learning curve.

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By JPForums on 7/31/2013 11:35:39 AM , Rating: 2
I use Windows 8 and I don't use a third party start menu. If you take the time to organize the start screen and you don't overload your computer with applications, then it can be used pretty effectively.

That said, I still see merit in the old approach. I don't see the Win8 start screen as a simple change in form. The tiles compare to the pinned programs list in the old start menu, but there isn't quick and easy access to the application list, which I would consider the equivalent of the program list in the old start menu. It looks like Windows 8.1 could be considered equal, but different, though. It gives you quick access to the application list.

Putting that aside, you still haven't presented a case for why the new start screen is superior to the old one. Changed form is different, not necessarily better. Arguing that the start menu was the most useless part of Win 7 doesn't necessarily make the start screen more useful in Win 8. Yes the search function is improved, but that could've been improved either way. At best I'm hearing equal. Unfortunately, not many people are willing to go through the learning curve without some clear benefit. My benefit was being able to help others out with the new system.

By GPig on 7/31/2013 11:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
I shouldn't really have to put the case forward for why it is superior - touch. The idea of having a separate start screen and start menu is never going to happen - win 8 confuses people enough without splitting the os even more. A consitent experience on all form factors is the point.

You may not have a touch screen device yet but eventually you will - I've been developing on an XPS 12 for some months now and couldn't imagine a touch free world. I hate using my desktop and am thinking upgrading my dual monitor set up to touch.

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