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Asus kills Windows RT tablets

ASUSTek Computer announced today that it would no longer produce Windows RT tablets. The reason the company points to for canceling its Windows RT tablet is pretty much a given: weak sales.

"It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," ASUSTek Chief Executive Jerry Shen told The Wall Street Journal.

Shen noted that the company would continue to make Windows 8 devices using only Intel chips. Shen also notes that ASUSTek will take a write-down on its Windows RT tablets in Q2 but declined to say exactly how much it would be.

Shen said back on July 31 that Windows RT "is not very promising." Lenovo has also stepped away from Windows RT tablets and is focusing solely on tablets that run Intel chips. Many cite the lack of Windows RT applications as the main reason the operating system is unable to compete with offerings from Apple and Android-base manufacturers.

Microsoft has also struggled sell its own Surface RT tablet. Microsoft recently slashed the price of the tablet to $349 to help spur sales. 

Source: Wall Street Journal



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RE: It's no different with Surface
By Flunk on 8/9/2013 1:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
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Nobody actually cares that the OS is closed-source or can't be customized. The problem is the built-in on-purpose barriers to software deployment. Without the openness people are used to from Windows, RT simply becomes a me-too third-to-arrive option with no unique appeal.


Definitely, I honestly believe that is the main reason why no one wants to write apps for Windows RT. The biggest advantage Android has over other similar platforms is that you can install apps from anywhere you like, without any hacking. This is the same reason Windows and DOS were successful. Microsoft seems to have forgotten that.

They also seem to have missed that even with the ability to side-load apps at will there is still a place for a well-designed app store (like Google Play or Microsoft's Store).


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