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Fate of Microsoft's tablet OS in question -- again

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    Fate of Microsoft's tablet OS in question -- again


    Reports that Windows RT is headed for the dustbin of failed Microsoft operating systems has become a month -- if not weekly -- ritual for Asia-based sources.
    This time Digitimes has gone so far to compare RT to the fate of Hewlett-Packard's failed WebOS.
    "Microsoft's Windows RT operating system may fall to the same fate as Hewlett-Packard's (HP) WebOS as most brand vendors have already stopped developing related products," Digitimes wrote on Wednesday, citing sources at hardware suppliers.
    The last high-profile put-down of RT came from Acer's chairman earlier this month when he wondered out loud whether Acer would continue to make an RT product.
    Fate of Microsoft's tablet OS in question -- again | Microsoft - CNET News

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    Windows RT: Can Microsoft snatch victory from the jaws of total failure?

    The next 12 months will be crucial for Windows RT, the slimmed down version of Windows that Microsoft hopes will help it to break into a tablet market dominated by Apple's iPad and hordes of Android-powered devices.
    Windows RT is a trimmed back version of Windows designed to run on smaller devices with ARM processors, and has limited functionality compared to Windows 8: devices build using it can only run applications from the new Windows Store not standard Windows applications, for example.

    Windows 8 confusion

    But even worse, according to a research note by Gartner, confusion around Windows RT could actually be causing problems for businesses that want to roll out Windows 8.
    "Problems with Windows RT devices could have a ripple effect across the rest of the Windows family. If Microsoft is not drawing a distinction between Windows RT and Windows 8 (x86) in its marketing, any problems users have on either platform could be attributed to both platforms.
    "Consumer problems are likely to flow into the enterprise as users ascribe negative feelings they have about Windows RT to the organisation's Windows 8 projects. These notions could create resistance to Windows 8 deployments or initiatives to simplify the infrastructure by converting iPad users to Windows 8."
    Windows RT: Can Microsoft snatch victory from the jaws of total failure? | ZDNet
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