ASUS Steps Away from Windows RT
July 31, 2013 8:26 AM
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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
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.
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RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
7/31/2013 11:04:33 AM
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.
RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
7/31/2013 11:50:25 AM
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.
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