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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.

  • FrankInKY
    meh...going out with a whimper
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  • 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
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  • FrankInKY
    meh...going out with a whimper
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  • BringMeAnother
    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
    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
    11328073 said:
    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
    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
    11328300 said:
    11328073 said:
    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
    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
    11328469 said:
    11328300 said:
    11328073 said:
    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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