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 11:35:39 AM
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.
RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
7/31/2013 11:50:29 AM
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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