“Microsoft looks ready to kill off Windows RT, its version of Windows devised for chips based on ARM’s architecture, judging by remarks by senior executive Julie Larson-Green,” Charles Arthur reports for The Guardian. “Larson-Green, who is executive vice-president of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said that the aim of Windows RT was ‘our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience [that Apple has on the iPad]…’ but that Microsoft now has three mobile operating systems: ‘We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three.'”
“Her comments, made at a UBS seminar, appear to confirm the growing suspicions that Windows RT has been a failure both with OEMs PC makers and developers, who have all but abandoned it,” Arthur reports. “Only Microsoft and Nokia’s handset division, which is being acquired by Microsoft, make any RT devices. Microsoft had to write down $900m at the end of the June quarter on unsold Surface RT devices.”
Arthur reports, “Richard Windsor, who runs the Radio Free Mobile consultancy, commented: ‘I suspect that there will be no Surface 3 and no successor to the Nokia 2520 [an 8in tablet running Windows RT]. Furthermore I am confident that RT will be quietly put to sleep during 2014.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Once again, unreliable Microsoft teaches its few remaining pigeons a valuable lesson:
Erratic Microsoft will pull the rug out from under you at any time (Zune, Kin One, Kin Two, Surface RT, Windows RT). Do not risk your hard-earned money on clueless Microsoft’s dead-end products because scatterbrained Microsoft most certainly will Osborne you sooner than later.
Is it just us or is instilling confidence among potential tablet buyers and app developers not one of Microsoft’s strong points? Microsoft’s patented method of wildly over-promising and woefully under-delivering just isn’t going to cut it in this new Post-PC world that Steve Jobs hath created.
Watching this Surface debacle unfold is like watching a clown car empty out. At the end, a sweaty Ballmer T. Clown will pop up through the moonroof and scream, “Ta da! It was all just a big fat joke! No, no, no, not me, the Surface!” Then, after laughing maniacally and for far, far too long, he’ll pop a light bulb into his mouth and wander aimlessly offstage…
Stay tuned, there are a lot of clowns packed into that old car.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Eric D.” for the heads up.]
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