Microsoft's most boneheaded product is about to be killed off
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Microsoft is about to take the ax to one of the stupidest products it ever created.
CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) will combine all of its various Windows iterations into one unified version next year. That, thankfully, will mean the end of Windows RT, MIcrosoft's woefully executed and dreadfully received operating system for tablets.
Windows RT was supposed to usher in the tablet era for Microsoft. But Windows RT has two fatal flaws: it's missing crucial apps, and it's poorly designed. Unsurprisingly, the stripped-down operating system failed to take off. (Actually, that's an understatement: Microsoft took a $900 million writedown last year because of awful Surface RT sales, the only mainstream tablet than ran Windows RT.)
The biggest failure of Windows RT was that it took away the single best part of Windows -- the fact that it can run just about every app ever created.
Instead, Windows RT can only run apps built for the Windows Store. You know those strange-looking tile apps in Windows 8? Yup, those are the ones.
To be fair to Microsoft, it has done a mostly adequate job building up its app store. There are 170,000 apps listed in the store -- about half of the number of iPad apps -- the most popular of which are YouTube, Facebook (FB, Tech30), Skype, Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) and Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Search.
"Microsoft is about to take the ax to one of the stupidest products it ever created."
Wow. This is the "stupidest" article I have ever read.
Serioiusly? How did this make it to CNN?