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Asus Dropping Windows RT to Focus on Intel-based Windows 8

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Asus has publicly declared its feelings about Windows RT.

Windows RT is Microsoft's version of Windows for ARM-based tablets and laptops, but it hasn't exactly had an explosive first year. Today, Windows RT suffered another blow, as Asus confirmed that it won't be making anymore Windows RT tablets. Asus CEO Jerry Shen made the comments during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Shen said that the industry's opinion was that Windows RT hasn't successful. Instead, the company will focus on Intel-based products running Windows 8.

"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 on the sidelines of its post-earnings conference.

Asus launched its VivoTab RT last October, when Windows 8 launched. The device packed a 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 with 416 MHz Nvidia Geforce ULP graphics, 2 GB of RAM, 54 GB of storage, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and optional 3G. It is one of only a handful of Windows RT devices available.

Back in June, there was talk that said most brand vendors had already stopped developing RT products, leaving Microsoft's second-generation the only tablet in the works based on the struggling OS.

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    FrankInKY , August 10, 2013 9:56 AM
    meh...going out with a whimper
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    RealBeast , August 10, 2013 10:07 AM
    So Microsoft trashed the well liked Windows 7 so that they could dominate tablets/phone with Windows 8 and upset their desktop legions. lol
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    FrankInKY , August 10, 2013 10:15 AM
    meh...going out with a whimper
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    BringMeAnother , August 10, 2013 10:41 AM
    I'm taking this as good news. There is not place for Windows RT when efficient x86-64 CPUs are coming out with Bay Trail. I do wish to see more tablet with AMD processors tho.
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    captaincharisma , August 10, 2013 10:48 AM
    MS only made windows RT to make cheap tablets but they should have know anyone who is a windows user would not accept a crippled version of the OS they use
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    stevejnb , August 10, 2013 10:52 AM
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    So Microsoft trashed the well liked Windows 7 so that they could dominate tablets/phone with Windows 8 and upset their desktop legions. lol


    They trashed Windows 7? Really? Does it no longer work on your PC or something?

    Windows 7 is still there for you to use. If you like it, use it. Is it really that simple? I've become a big fan of Windows 8 for its merger of classic desktop with tablet OS, letting me pick which capacity I want to use my Acer Iconia W700 in - because, frankly, Windows 7 sucks on mobile devices and Metro sucks on desktop devices. Having a button that lets me switch between them in less than a second is an *awesome* mobile solution.

    Would you want to take that away from me and people like me when there is a perfectly functional Windows 7 that you love to use and in doing so stick us using nothing but the extremely poorly designed (for mobile) desktop on a Windows tablet?
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    Bloob , August 10, 2013 11:12 AM
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    MS only made windows RT to make cheap tablets but they should have know anyone who is a windows user would not accept a crippled version of the OS they use

    Funny thing is, there are no cheap RT tablets. Nothing wrong with RT, it just does not offer anything over W8, when even the price points are same/similar. Surface RT is cheaper now that it did not sell, but is still not better value spec wise than Android.
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    RealBeast , August 10, 2013 11:18 AM
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    So Microsoft trashed the well liked Windows 7 so that they could dominate tablets/phone with Windows 8 and upset their desktop legions. lol


    They trashed Windows 7? Really? Does it no longer work on your PC or something?

    Don't be a fool. Microsoft is now pushing Windows 8 for the desktop or haven't you comprehended that yet?

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    warezme , August 10, 2013 11:19 AM
    stevejnb - so you agree Win8 is a tablet OS, fine, I don't think anyone would disagree with you. But it suks the big dog on anything else, um, because not EVERYTHING is a tablet. Simple logic and common sense tells that. Why do you think Apple has OSX and IOS? One is for tablets and the other for a desktop.
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    stevejnb , August 10, 2013 11:36 AM
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    So Microsoft trashed the well liked Windows 7 so that they could dominate tablets/phone with Windows 8 and upset their desktop legions. lol


    They trashed Windows 7? Really? Does it no longer work on your PC or something?

    Don't be a fool. Microsoft is now pushing Windows 8 for the desktop or haven't you comprehended that yet?



    Yes, they are. Once you hit the desktop button... You get the desktop. Or haven't you and the "desktop legions" got that yet?
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    southernshark , August 10, 2013 11:36 AM
    MS has failed across the board. It's ARM based/RT platform was a couple years late. It's Win 8 is not popular either. People can come on here and say how the rest of us "should" like Win 8 but that isn't changing our opinion and the sales of the product clearly show that the public is not satisfied with it. A company should care about sales.....

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    stevejnb , August 10, 2013 11:42 AM
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    stevejnb - so you agree Win8 is a tablet OS, fine, I don't think anyone would disagree with you. But it suks the big dog on anything else, um, because not EVERYTHING is a tablet. Simple logic and common sense tells that. Why do you think Apple has OSX and IOS? One is for tablets and the other for a desktop.


    Actually, no, I didn't say that nor do I agree with it. Android is a tablet OS. WIndows RT is a tablet OS. Windows 8 is essentially two OS's with a button to switch between them. If you like Windows 7, if you like the desktop, you hit the big button labeled "Desktop" and it immediately switches you to a fully functional Windows 7 style desktop. The thing is, there are devices that work very well in both capacities now - that you can use a tablet on the go, or plug into a monitor/keyboard/mouse when you settle in and it can function as a desktop. Windows 8 is essentially two OS's, with a button that switches between them. My experience is, desktop users REALLY hate hitting that button.

    To me, this OS is the best of both worlds, and any inconvenience I experience with it on my non-touchscreen laptop is *minor* at most. Literally, I start up, hit desktop, and I forget Metro existed. Most of you make it out to be forcing you back to Metro every 13 seconds, but, that's a simple fallacy which many of you like to sound like it's the norm.

    And I'll say it again... If you hate it so much, use Windows 7. People are still using XP for cripes' sake - Windows 7 is still alive and well and you can buy it all over the place. If you hate Windows 8, don't use it.
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    stevejnb , August 10, 2013 11:46 AM
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    MS has failed across the board. It's ARM based/RT platform was a couple years late. It's Win 8 is not popular either. People can come on here and say how the rest of us "should" like Win 8 but that isn't changing our opinion and the sales of the product clearly show that the public is not satisfied with it. A company should care about sales.....



    I don't think you should like Windows 8. Feel free to use XP and 7 if you want. 8 sales are slower than 7's, no question, but there are literally millions out there who find it just fine, and also millions who like others MS OS's better. What boggles my mind is, rather than using the OS's they like more, they insist on bitching and pissing and moaning about an OS that does something rather unique in the OS world and some of us like, but clearly isn't for everyone.

    Don't like Windows 8? Use Windows 7 - it's still there and available. Windows 8 does some things which are VERY handy for a new class of device, and frankly, I'm happy it does. Stick me with Windows 7 and touch screens are garbage. Stick me with Windows 8 and I have a well optimized interface for touch screens and a well optimized interface for mouse/keyboard, less than a second apart with the click of the "desktop" button.
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    Mike Friesen , August 10, 2013 12:30 PM
    Quote: "Shen said that the industry's opinion was that Windows RT hasn't successful."
    'Windows RT hasn't successful' doesn't make sense.
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    gbwatson96 , August 10, 2013 1:39 PM
    M$ pushing Windows 8, in general, down the public's throat was a bad idea. Steve Ballmer seems to make only bad decision at M$.

    I will use Windows 7. Windows 8.1 did not put the start button back. I noticed (and I could be wrong) that there is no My Computer. This is a problem for me working with multiple hard drives and backups.

    I am concerned about the future of Windows. More and more people in Oregon here are buying Macs. The general public in our county is that they cannot use Windows 8 because it's difficult to use. I am with them. I work on computers for a living and cannot stand using 8.
    Instead of making a Windows OS that is so different that you have to re-learn how to use your computer again is not wise. M$ just needs to make something like Windows 7 better and Windows 8 is not it....

    PS: I have done a record amount of PC builds this year with Windows 7. Hello...
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    RealBeast , August 10, 2013 2:40 PM
    Quote:
    M$ pushing Windows 8, in general, down the public's throat was a bad idea. Steve Ballmer seems to make only bad decision at M$.

    I will use Windows 7. Windows 8.1 did not put the start button back. I noticed (and I could be wrong) that there is no My Computer. This is a problem for me working with multiple hard drives and backups.

    I am concerned about the future of Windows. More and more people in Oregon here are buying Macs. The general public in our county is that they cannot use Windows 8 because it's difficult to use. I am with them. I work on computers for a living and cannot stand using 8.
    Instead of making a Windows OS that is so different that you have to re-learn how to use your computer again is not wise. M$ just needs to make something like Windows 7 better and Windows 8 is not it....

    PS: I have done a record amount of PC builds this year with Windows 7. Hello...
    Total agreement here -- while there are a few "oddballs" out there that actually like Windows 8, I have not yet met one and the marketing studies say that they are uncommon beasts.

    I've "downgraded" many desktop OS installs to 7 for the normal folks that want simple and traditional Windows without recreating the wheel. Sadly, MS has not yet seen the light, but they will, sales are not good. The masses do not want the thing called 8 on their desktops, and apparently based on sales figures on their tablets either. Nonetheless, there will always be fanboys.

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    tigger888 , August 10, 2013 4:33 PM
    Lol, thats what happens when you burn all your OEM's in one move. Even the loyal ones have no incentive to stay. i mean how can they compete with a BOM that is higher than microsoft? At this point i doubt many would want to make a WARTy tablet even if microsoft handed out the OS for free.
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    apache_lives , August 10, 2013 5:39 PM
    again no one here has ever used or bought one to comment on how good one of these devices actually are

    i have owned one and once you use it you totally forget about the fact it cannot run Windows applications and i dont care because its a tablet

    these things are 1000x more useful compared to any iPad or Android device

    the downside is there more expensive then all the other tablets yes, and that is the downfall unfortunatly
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    jkflipflop98 , August 10, 2013 5:58 PM
    They only difference in Win8 is that the Start menu goes fullscreen now. That's it. Look at all these people cry about how horrible it is LOL imbeciles.
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    assasin32 , August 10, 2013 6:07 PM
    Too bad it seems windows rt is biting the dust it seems. I think the issue is that they just never hit the right price point for an OS that won't run everything a normal windows laptop would. I think something along the lines of $250 for a win rt laptop to compete directly with the chromebooks would be winner, but it seems like everyone is trying to push touchscreens which increase the price dramatically instead.
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