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 11:35:54 AM
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.
RE: The start menu hasn't been resolved
7/31/2013 11:43:17 AM
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"
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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