Analyst: Microsoft should pull the plug on poor-selling Windows RT tablets, admit defeat

“Microsoft could gain nearly 5% of the tablet market this year with its Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems, research firm IDC said Tuesday,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “But longer term, it would be better off dumping its poorly received Windows RT line to focus on Windows 8 tablets, IDC says.”

“Microsoft introduced its stripped-down Windows RT operating system with its own branded Surface tablets in late October. But devices have not caught on with consumers, who continue to buy Apple iPad and Google Android-based tablets instead,” Seitz reports. “Starting from a smaller base, Microsoft has more growth potential, but its two-operating-system strategy is confusing, IDC says. ‘Windows RT is a tough sell,’ IDC analyst Tom Mainelli told IBD. Windows RT devices can only run applications that are specially written for the operating system. RT can’t run familiar Windows PC programs. And app developers prefer to write software for iPad and Android tablets because those devices have so many more users.”

Seitz reports, “Samsung already has pulled its Windows RT tablets from some markets in Europe because of poor demand, according to media reports. Samsung previously announced that it wouldn’t sell Windows RT tablets in the U.S. for the same reason.”

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