Microsoft defends Windows RT as necessary disruption [CNET, March 21, 2013]
Microsoft to merge Windows RT into next-generation Windows OS [DIGITIMES, March 27, 2013]
These headlines tell everything. And don’t forget, end of March is the end of PRISM when all top level decisions for the next fiscal year have already been taken. Now put these two media reports against each other:
[Michael] Angiulo [corporate vice president, Windows Planning, Hardware & PC Ecosystem] says Microsoft has good reason to stick with the platform.
“It was a ton of work for us and we didn’t do the work and endure the disruption for any reason other than the fact that there’s a strategy there that just gets stronger over time.
Looking at things now like power performance and standby time and passive [fanless] form factors. When we launched Windows 8, it was really competitive with a full-sized iPad. A lot of that was made possible by the ARM [chip] architecture.
If you look forward a year or two and you look at the performance output of ARM chips, those are some really capable chips. I think it has a very bright future.
People are talking about legacy desktop software not running, but they don’t think about the customer benefit of only running modern apps. The only apps that you install from the Windows store are the kind, that as a customer, you can manage your rights to.
Let’s say you drop that PC in a pool. Well, you get a new one and then you just redownload [the apps]. That’s the kind of model people are used to with a phone or tablet today. I can maintain all the apps in the [Microsoft] store and reset with a single switch.
So, on Windows RT, the user experience stays consistent over time. That’s a big benefit. And as the number of apps grow in the store, that value promise only gets stronger.
And on the ARM side, there is a propensity for a much higher percentage of PCs that are going to ship with mobile broadband [3G/4G], precisely because ARM PCs have even longer battery life [than Intel PCs] on connected standby [when a device is in standby mode but still connected to e-mail, social networking sites, and the Internet in general].”
Microsoft will no longer launch products under its Windows RT line and will instead merge the product line into the software giant’s next-generation Windows, codenamed Blue, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Although the PC supply chain had pushed the Windows on ARM (WoA) platform aggressively, the Windows RT’s name, which has misled most consumers into believing that the operating system is able to support all existing x86 Windows programs, the lack of apps, as well as compatibility issues have all significantly damaged demand.
The next-generation of Windows is expected to make its first appearance at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2013, hosted from June 26-28 in San Francisco, the US.
The sources believe that Wintel PC demand is likely to drop significantly before Intel and Microsoft’s next-generation products show up in the second half of the year.
With that the strategy to stick to Windows RT as a product, but not as a name, is crystall clear. Nevertheless between these two news dates we have other news articles in the world which are casting doubts on the future of Windows RT as a product.
Look at the bulk of news headlines between March 21 and March 28 to see the kind of mixed reporting. As these headlines coming from the proper Google search:
- Is Microsoft merging Windows RT into Windows 8 for “Blue” update?
- Microsoft Surface Pro, RT, Windows 8 Phones Battle For Confused Customers: Who Wins?
- Microsoft: Windows RT Not Going Anywhere
- Intel vs. Microsoft: how Atom processors could kill Windows RT [The Verge, March 21, 2013]
- Microsoft defends Windows RT. Did it do more harm than good? [Computerworld, March 22, 2013]
- Microsoft defends Windows RT but dodges responding to key criticism [BGR, March 22, 2013]
- Microsoft Exec Promises Windows RT Will Get Better ‘Over Time’ [Business Insider, March 22, 2013]
- Windows RT to also receive Windows Blue, Surface RT users can now rejoice
- Should Microsoft Give Up on Windows RT?
- Microsoft exec: Look at the bright side of Windows RT
- Microsoft Says Windows RT Is the Future, But Can it Survive the Present? [CIO, March 22, 2013]
- Microsoft Exec Sings High Praise for ARM and Windows RT, Downplays Legacy App Support
- Microsoft Still Doesn’t Get It [Seeking Alpha, March 23, 2013]
- Microsoft: Windows RT will get better over time, just you wait
- Microsoft Stands Strong Behind Windows RT
- This Week in Tablets: Does Windows Blue spell the end for RT?
- Do we need another Windows OS? [CNET, March 23, 2013]
- Surface RT, Windows RT Dead? Microsoft Defends It Against OS Attacks