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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 ZorkZork on 8/12/2013 4:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
In reality there are very few things that Windows RT does better than IOS/Android. There is nothing that Windows RT does that consumers cannot get from Android/IOS. Why would someone aside from Microsoft spend resources building software for a 0.1% platform?

Good-old-Windows on the other hand has a number of things it does very well. And for that reason it will sell. Unfortunately most of those things don't translate very well to the tablet format.

A tablet has much more in common with a smartphone than a PC. And for that reason both Surface and Surface Pro will disappear.


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