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The future of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows RT is starting to look a little shaky. Not only have...

The future of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows RT is starting to look a little shaky. Not only have Surface RT sales underwhelmed, Samsung has decided not to sell its RT tablets in the U.S. The electronics giant says educating U.S. consumers on RT would require "heavy lifting," and that retail partners have indicated RT demand is modest. One could also point out RT systems, which sport ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs from the likes of QCOM and NVDA, don't support older Windows apps, and that Intel and AMD have been busy developing tablet-friendly CPUs for Windows 8 Pro gear.
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  • wigit5
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    RT was silly to begin with, wasted time/effort in my opinion.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • bronchiti
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    Not silly if you want a Surface, but don't necessarily want a pro
    11 Jan 2013, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • bigdaddychi
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    or it was to compete with iPad and Android tablets that also run on ARM chips. If you want long lasting batter life which most folks do for their tablets you can't run on a standard chip. It would be too bulky and defeat the purpose of tablets like the Surface and iPad.
    11 Jan 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • brianngaibh
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    Yes, RT are addressing to focus on apps markets and pro includes desktop applications.
    I think buying a pro version to replace my laptop. A detachable keyboard and tab screen is most likely for me to work in my office and somewhere during my travelling just with the tab. A big screen (32"tv) PC at home and couple with my win8 mobiles will be nearly a perfect system for my work and personal use.
    13 Jan 2013, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    Windows RT does everything the competition does, with a fraction of the power consumption. Each app *must* go into suspension when navigated away from. Versus android that lets apps run wild and drain your battery.


    This is version RT 1.00. I expect that the next few versions will further unify the phone, tablet, PC and TV experiences. For instance, I have written several RT apps (aka Metro), and they run on the Windows Phone 7 and 8, Windows RT tablets/PCs and Windows 8 Pro tablets/PCs. I only have to submit to two stores, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store (with no code changes.)


    It is "doom and gloom" in the eyes of analysts, but MSFT is years ahead of what we are seeing today. There is a plan and this is only step 1 of 10.


    Time will tell, but I expect that the 2014/2015 market will favor MSFT.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    @rjgood, re "suspension", interesting so is that the same as saying RT can't truly multitask, as in Androids multi-windows?


    Further, that MS intentionally scaled back multitasking in order to preserve battery power, hence increase user experience?
    11 Jan 2013, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    "can't truly multitask"


    That is actually not correct. Apps can multitask, but only with permission. Or with live tiles.


    Windows RT puts the control in the consumer's hands. How many background tasks (like data analysis, viruses, etc.) do you really need on a tablet/smartphone?
    12 Jan 2013, 06:31 PM Reply Like
  • Island_Dweller
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    Previews and hands on for the Surface Pro has been much more positive and I think this device is where MSFT will make its inroads and grow its ecosystem. There isn't a device on the market quite like it.


    You have to look at this device from a value perspective: all the functionality of an ultrabook, HD screen, palm rejected pen input, USB 3.0, fast performance, silent fans, fantastic build, more than just app style gaming, video output port supporting screens beyond HD.


    Unanswered questions remain like battery life (estimated half of RT, so 5 hours-ish) and the processor is still labeled as 3rd gen. I think people are underestimating the demand for this product.
    11 Jan 2013, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I never expected much out of RT. Pro is going to be far more telling.
    11 Jan 2013, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • cereal
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    This is potentially good news for Windows committed partners like Nokia who have plans to release an RT tablet.


    I expect RT to be more and more relevant as more and more desktop apps are migrated to it and new ones released. Ironically it'll be the Win8 "Pro" desktop/convertible/ul... market that will fuel the explosion of new apps in the Win8 app store.
    11 Jan 2013, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    who the hell came up with the name RT?
    11 Jan 2013, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • alantilson
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    I bought my wife a Surface RT for Christmas and she asked me to take it back and wait for a Pro, but the pen was the main difference for her. Why not give the RT a pen?
    11 Jan 2013, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • joey maggz
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    I live in UK and I have nexus 4
    12 Jan 2013, 10:29 AM Reply Like
  • MSFT-Head-Scratcher
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    I like the Surface and I have one. If Ballmer priced Surface at $200~$300, they would have sold out. They missed the price point to make a big wave. They took a hit on every Xbox they sold for the first year to get market share. Where is the old cut-throat MSFT? Also the Surface/Windows RT ads are awful.
    Hey MSFT the WinRT killer app is Office. How about saying that in the ads??? Or maybe it has an USB port or Memory slot. I think I will buy a Surface instead of IPad because I saw someone spin one their finger??? Really???
    13 Jan 2013, 03:44 PM Reply Like
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