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#1 airedwin

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:23

Microsoft's most boneheaded product is about to be killed off

 

By David Goldman  @DavidGoldmanCNN July 23, 2014: 4:04 PM ET

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.

 

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Microsoft's most boneheaded product is about to be killed off

"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?




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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:25

What if I agree with the article?

 

The worst thing they ever did was make the desktop accessible on RT. That confused the ###### out of the consumer.

 

I still think they should have slapped the much more mature Windows Phone 8 OS on a tablet



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:27

What if I agree with the article?

 

The worst thing they ever did was make the desktop accessible on RT. That confused the ###### out of the consumer.

Well, in terms of writing an article and doing news reporting, I don't think using "stupidest" is appropriate, and if you actually read the article, it's evident the author doesn't understand what Windows RT is.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:29

 if you actually read the article, it's evident the author doesn't understand what Windows RT is.

 

He said

 

"Windows RT was supposed to usher in the tablet era for Microsoft."

 

That's exactly what RT was.

 

First off ... RT was a stupid name. Second ... you had 2 versions of the OS which looked identicle. One which could run x86 apps and one that couldn't ,but both looked the same.

 

the poor consumer.I really feel sorry for them trying to understand this colossal cluster ######.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:30

"Still, you can't run iTunes. There's no Chrome or Firefox browser. You likely can't run your company's custom-built software. Pretty much anything that requires a desktop is a no-go.

OK, so that sounds kind of like an iPad or a Chromebook laptop, right? Sure it does -- so why not just buy an iPad for the same price? Or save $150 and buy a Chromebook? That's what most consumers were thinking anyway."

 

=/ why even mention chromebooks when chromebooks can't run itunes or firefox browser?



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:32

Serioiusly? How did this make it to CNN?

Because it's CNN? If you expect well written, well thought out factual articles, you're going to have to bad time.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:33

He said

 

"Windows RT was supposed to usher in the tablet era for Microsoft."

 

That's exactly what RT was.

This article, is supposed to be an article about Nadella's announcement that there will be a unified Windows product. Somehow, he made it an article about Windows RT. Windows RT is Windows 8 for ARM. For the same logic he is using, he could have said Windows 8 is being axed.


Because it's CNN? If you expect well written, well thought out factual articles, you're going to have to bad time.

I agree, it just sucks that there are so many people reading it and believe what they read =/ which leads to bad information about Microsoft.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:35

There's no need to be upset.

 

Not to such extent at least. And why is it in BPN, anyway?



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:37

He said

 

"Windows RT was supposed to usher in the tablet era for Microsoft."

 

That's exactly what RT was.

 

First off ... RT was a stupid name. Second ... you had 2 versions of the OS which looked identicle. One which could run x86 apps and one that couldn't ,but both looked the same.

 

the poor consumer.I really feel sorry for them trying to understand this colossal cluster ######.

RT is a stupid name? That is your argument? Well I think iPad and iOS is a stupid name. All they did was put "i" in front of something... seriously are you trolling?



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:37

"Still, you can't run iTunes. There's no Chrome or Firefox browser. You likely can't run your company's custom-built software. Pretty much anything that requires a desktop is a no-go.

OK, so that sounds kind of like an iPad or a Chromebook laptop, right? Sure it does -- so why not just buy an iPad for the same price? Or save $150 and buy a Chromebook? That's what most consumers were thinking anyway."

 

=/ why even mention chromebooks when chromebooks can't run itunes or firefox browser?

 

Because RT looks "IDENTICAL" to Windows 8 x86 which can run all those applications.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:39

There's no need to be upset.

 

Not to such extent at least. And why is it in BPN, anyway?

Not upset. I thought this forum is about news articles?


Because RT looks "IDENTICAL" to Windows 8 x86 which can run all those applications.

Ok. This thread isn't about why RT is good/bad. It's about IMO a poorly written news article.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:39

RT is a stupid name? That is your argument? Well I think iPad and iOS is a stupid name. All they did was put "i" in front of something... seriously are you trolling?

 

Because iPad is a brand ... It's an iPad ...Heck iPad Mini ... it's a little iPad... .But RT ...what exactly does that even mean to the consumer.

 

I think what they had to do is if It won't run any of their Windows x86 applications drop the name Windows from the name and call it something else. At least then they will be wondering why it's called something different and what makes it so different.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:40

The worst thing they ever did was make the desktop accessible on RT. That confused the ###### out of the consumer.

 

I've never seen any evidence that that is the case and the only people who make that claim are people who do understand the difference but hate Windows 8.

 

Anyway, it's a stupid article because Windows RT isn't going anywhere and certainly isn't going to be killed off.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:41

Ok. This thread isn't about why RT is good/bad. It's about IMO a poorly written news article.

 

a "Poorly written news article" all about how bad he thinks RT is.  What did you think was going to be discussed? :laugh:



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 19:47

Because iPad is a brand ... It's an iPad ...Heck iPad Mini ... it's a little iPad... .But RT ...what exactly does that even mean to the consumer.

 

I think what they had to do is if It won't run any of their Windows x86 applications drop the name Windows from the name and call it something else. At least then they will be wondering why it's called something different and what makes it so different.

Ok this is completely off topic now, but Windows RT is just a name, it's not any worse/better than Windows NT which was a huge success. I don't understand what point you're trying to make about the name of a product.


a "Poorly written news article" all about how bad he thinks RT is.

Which is my point, windows RT being bad in his opinion has nothing to do with the actual "news" that is being reported:

 

"CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) will combine all of its various Windows iterations into one unified version next year."