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

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
    meh...going out with a whimper
  • RealBeast
    So Microsoft trashed the well liked Windows 7 so that they could dominate tablets/phone with Windows 8 and upset their desktop legions. lol
  • FrankInKY
    meh...going out with a whimper