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#1 InTheSwiss

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 13:59

 

Microsoft looks ready to kill off Windows RT, its version of Windows devised for chips based on ARM's architecture, judging by remarks by senior executive Julie Larson-Green.

 

Larson-Green, who is executive vice-president of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said that the aim of Windows RT was "our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience [that Apple has on the iPad]…" but that Microsoft now has three mobile operating systems: "We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three."

 

Her comments, made at a UBS seminar, appear to confirm the growing suspicions that Windows RT has been a failure both with OEMs PC makers and developers, who have all but abandoned it. Only Microsoft and Nokia's handset division, which is being acquired by Microsoft, make any RT devices. Microsoft had to write down $900m at the end of the June quarter on unsold Surface RT devices.

 

Source: http://www.theguardi...rt-larson-green




#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:01

Doesn't come as a surprise in honesty,

not because I hate windows 8, I'm leaving my opinions out of it, but what will become of all these rt devices?



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:04

Old news. And I dont know why the article singles out RT. It says they want to go from 3 to one.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:08

Also is this guy brain dead?

Richard Windsor, who runs the Radio Free Mobile consultancy, commented: "I have long suspected which is that Windows RT will be killed off sooner rather than later. Always one to treat hot potatoes delicately, Microsoft has not explicitly said that RT will be terminated but has made it very clear that there will not be three operating systems. Windows RT is an orphan child that sits between Windows 8 and Windows Phone and is neither fish nor fowl. Hence the devices that are based on it are underpowered with hideously limited functionality on the desktop making them inferior to both Android and iOS tablets."

So much wrong in one sentence. Well done Richard.



#5 Nick H.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:10

Makes sense. It suits their direction of one OS for all devices.

#6 George P

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:13

Killing isn't what's going to happen.  Merging WP and Windows RT is one thing, maybe dropping the RT name, think it'd be best to bring back Windows Mobile for all things phone+tablet going forward when they do become one.  Though WP is growing so I don't know if it'll be wise to change the brand for it.  They could keep it and just unify the Store so it doesn't matter either way.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:17

It's not like they are killing off Windows RT, they are merging Windows Phone and Windows RT into one.

And it makes sense to do that now. WP is running on the same NT kernel already anyway.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 14:21

1. they're not "killing" Windows RT

2. this isn't new news.

MS has been hinting for a long while now that they've been planning to merge RT & WP



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:34

WinRT may die in its current form but only because Microsoft will likely merge it with WP8. It'll be similar to what happened to Android 2.3 and 3.0. Google merged a tablet and smartphone OS to create Android 4.0.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:39

I think Windows RT's (not WinRT) code will be merged with Windows Phone 8 like Android is on tablets and smartphones and all apps will across both. Hopefully Microsoft will chip away at Modern UI on Windows 8 once Windows RT and Phone become unified.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:45

 

such BS. They had better still support my daughters surface RT.. if I'm not mistaken..



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:48

I would have possibly believed the article until Surface 2 was released & I believe RT had a slow start but now with them being carried in stores like Walmart along with deals like $199 for a 32gb model and finally the big push in advertising during the holiday shopping season. I can see Windows Phone being merged in RT in the future.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:52

I also think they will merge Windows RT and Windows Phone.

 

Got to tell you guys, the Surfaces are selling pretty damn well in Australia O.o

 

I don't see Surface support getting dropped anytime soon.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 04:02

Hope they kill that version.

 

And I hope they DO NOT go with 1 OS for 3 devices. if they do that, they will be killed by their self. Why?

 

Imagine that, just imagine and you will see how surreal it is.



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 04:18

Hope they kill that version.

 

And I hope they DO NOT go with 1 OS for 3 devices. if they do that, they will be killed by their self. Why?

 

Imagine that, just imagine and you will see how surreal it is.

 

you're crazy. they sell all their back supplies of RT then kill it? what kind of crap is that? seriously..