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Asus To Cease Making Windows RT Tablets, Citing Poor Sales

     
11:09 am on Aug 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Taiwanese personal computer maker Asustek Computer Inc. (2357.TW) said Friday it will no longer make Windows RT tablets, which run a version of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows 8 for ARM Holdings PLC's (ARMH) chips, citing weak sales.

"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.

Mr. Shen said Asustek will make Windows 8 devices solely for Intel Corp.'s (INTC) chips, due to the system's backward compatibility that Windows RT lacks. Critics of Windows RT have said the operating system lacks enough applications to compete with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android or Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iOS. Asus To Cease Making Windows RT Tablets, Citing Poor Sales [online.wsj.com]
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Making a version of an OS, without that OS's strongest feature (number of applications available) results in an unsuccessful product.

Who could possible have expected that?
12:08 pm on Aug 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'd suggest, also, that most people are confused by RT, and I am one of them.
 

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