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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 retrospooty on 7/31/2013 10:07:17 AM , Rating: 5
"Additionally if a 50+ year old couple, to whom I sold a Surface RT and Ativ Smart PC can get it.. so can anyone."

Its not about "getting" it or not. A trained ape can "get" it and make it work, the point is that alot of people dont like it. Its a touch screen UI that sucks on non touch devices. They took it out and forced a change that no-one asked for and no-one wanted.

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By damianrobertjones on 7/31/13, Rating: -1
RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By Spuke on 7/31/13, Rating: 0
RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By Mitch101 on 7/31/13, Rating: -1
By Reclaimer77 on 8/1/2013 9:39:43 AM , Rating: 1
"suckered into" what exactly? People sharing a different opinion than yours? Yeah that's totally "trolling".

It just so happens to be that the market has proven some people right, and some wrong. You're on the losing side, fyi.

By LRonaldHubbs on 7/31/2013 1:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, except for where you said "starting to get annoying."
It was annoying and childish from day 1.

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By retrospooty on 7/31/2013 10:43:02 AM , Rating: 3
I dont think they are changing to ones they dont like.

Why is it so hard to grasp that people dont like it? I found it far less efficient for me to use at work, where I multitask a TON. I use it at home and like it OK, but at work, it hampered me to no end. It's a touch screen UI , that just sucks (in alot of people opinions) on non touch devices like 99% of every computer in every company on Earth.

You can rationalize, justify and deny all you want, but you wont make people that don't like it suddenly like it. MS has an issue to deal with here, real, or perceived, its a problem.

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By kmmatney on 7/31/2013 11:35:54 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I hardly ever use the start menu at home - I tend to keep desktop shortcuts. At work, I use the start menu all the time - usually keeping to the most frequently used Apps. I like being able to select the Visual Studio start menu item, and then being able to going into a sub menu to select the project I want. Same with Excel or Word from the start menu. I don't often have go deeper in the start menu than my most frequently used applications, but I like to be able to when I need to. trying to get work done without classicchell would be a PITA.

By retrospooty on 7/31/2013 11:43:17 AM , Rating: 1
That and the forced fullscreen thing... Irritating as hell... It kind of kills the whole point of the once aptly named "Windows" OS. They may have to change the name to the singular "window" ;)

I can see the ad campaign now... "MS Window 8. It better now"

RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
By crispbp04 on 7/31/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 7/31/2013 1:01:08 PM , Rating: 2
"I love the start SCREEN on my side by side 24" 1080P NON-touchscreen monitors. Live tiles are the shiz."

Then YOU buy it and use it.

"There are zero use cases where the start menu is advantageous over the start screen."

That is purely opinion.
- You cant fit as many shortcuts on one screen
- You cant embed folders > for example MS Office folder, and 10 shortucts under it. Its all in your face
- Fullscreen menu steals Window focus from your open windows and makes multitasking less efficient

Like I said above "That and the forced fullscreen thing... Irritating as hell... It kind of kills the whole point of the once aptly named "Windows" OS. They may have to change the name to the singular "window"

BY all means, if you like it use it, but dont discount hte opinion of millions and millions of users that dont like it. They dont like it for very good reasons.

By nikon133 on 7/31/2013 6:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
I like it too.

I'm using W8 in different scenarios:

Home gaming PC, 1x 24" 1080p screen, non-touch
Work PC, 2x 22" 1080p screens, non-touch
Personal laptop, 14" non-touch

Granted in my work scenario, most tools I use during the day are on taskbar... so I hardly go to Modern at all. But when I do (I keep some folder tiles and rarely used apps on Start screen), I don't mind. I also use tiles to have a quick look at my personal emails, messages etc (work email, calendar etc are in Outlook, Lync...).

But... I don't have problem accepting that some (many) people don't like it, or even can't stand it. Modern/desktop combination is very... bipolar.

I think 8.1 will soften some more users, new Start screen with all apps and desktop background softens transition between Modern and Desktop reasonably well, and all-apps-Start screen has functionality closer to classic menu... but I don't expect it to be runaway success. Just a step in right direction.

That being said, I will still be using dynamic tiles favourites (rather than all apps) Start screen - for some reason, it really sits well with me.

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