Qualcomm still 'excited' about Microsoft's Windows RT strategy

Windows RT, the version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system that runs on ARM processors, has taken a beating over the past few months. Just this week, the president of Acer said that the current version of Windows RT has "no value."

That's not how Qualcomm sees things, however. The maker of the ARM-based Snapdragon processor has chips in two Windows RT tablets, the Dell XPS 10, shown above, and the Samsung ATIV Tab. In a new chat on Computerworld.com, Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, states, "We're very excited about Microsoft's strategy around Windows RT." He added, "We're very optimistic with the future of Win RT and we see continued success."

In fact, Pineda claims that he uses the Dell XPS 10 whenever he travels abroad, saying that it gives him a whopping 20 hours of battery life. He stated that Qualcomm Snapdragon processors will be in future Windows RT products from other PC OEMs but would not give any specifics on those devices.

And what about the slow sales start for Windows RT tablets as a whole? Pineda seems not to be bothered by it, saying, "Whenever you launch a brand new ecosystem like Windows RT it would be nice to have a home run from day one. But there's lots of excitement about what's coming."

It should be noted that Qualcomm is also the exclusive processor provider for Windows Phone smartphones, so Pineda's statements could merely indicate that the company is supporting its close partner. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet was made with an NVIDIA Tegra chip, though the future Windows RT devices Qualcomm is planning on providing chips for could include a Microsoft tablet, as no information about the next Surface tablets has been released.

Source: Computerworld.com | Image via Qualcomm

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Windows RT is real threat to iPad and swarm of Android tablets as it is Godsend for those who need tablet as good as iPad with strong hardware, but also with Office on board.

Windows RT devices are lightweight, easy to use, nice looking and extremely useful when you need Office occasionally.

Last year I have tried to bring Galaxy Tab and iPad during two separate business trips. As you know Android and iOS have some office software, but this is illusion because those office packages are of no use even if you try to edit pretty simple Word or Excel files on the go.

I brought myself in quite risky grounds being misled by blatant lies of technobloggers who are just 30+ years old virgin loafers nothing to do with real business.

Windows RT device for me is just "iPad with Office capabilities" not for workplace, but ideal for home use in the coach, browsing internet, reading books while waiting in the hotel lobbies, airport lunges, flights and even beach, but Office and dock-keyboard help in turning the tablet in almost fully enabled Office machine to make urgent edits with Office documents on the go.

MS as always, claimed not officially that they will bring office to ios and android during the 2014.

Windows RT 2012-2014 RIP.

What did poor RT to you, guys? Raped your mothers or burned your homes down?

I am happy with RT device and I'll by the next one next year end.

Looks like Qualcomm believes in eating your own dogfood. The guy's running a Snapdragon-based tablet as his primary travel machine.

Gives a new perspective to Jen-Hsun Huang's prayers to "the god of Outlook" to port it to Windows RT. This might be the one missing application that prevents him from using a Tegra device as his primary computer.

When Intel releases a cheap x64 low powered chip, Windows RT will be left in the dust! Windows is just not Windows if you cant run X86 and X64 programs. With a low powered arm like x64/x86 chip, you can run both legacy and metro apps, so its better than Windows running on Arm! Once Intel releases that chip they've been talking about, it will boost the sales of Win 8 tablets most likely!

lctb51 said,
When Intel releases a cheap x64 low powered chip, Windows RT will be left in the dust! Windows is just not Windows if you cant run X86 and X64 programs. With a low powered arm like x64/x86 chip, you can run both legacy and metro apps, so its better than Windows running on Arm! Once Intel releases that chip they've been talking about, it will boost the sales of Win 8 tablets most likely!

Which I would normally agree with, but desktop programs aren't that usable on a tablet. So, in that case RT does have value as you don't really need the desktop.

lctb51 said,
Windows is just not Windows if you cant run X86 and X64 programs.

Let me guess, you've never used an RT device at all or for more than 3 minutes, have you? Because I've owned a VivoTab RT for half a year and I can assure it's very clear to me that I'm using Windows. Not only that, it actually feels like a much more solid and secure experience than normal Windows (which came to me as a great surprise). I can't wait to get the 8.1 update later this summer.

With a Intel processor. you could use your windows 8 tablet as a full computer with a mouse and even a keyboard unlike windows rt. Additionally you can play real games, run the full Photoshop program, intensive video editing an so much more!

Edited by Atomic Wanderer Chicken, May 5 2013, 11:20pm :

lctb51 said,
With a Intel processor. you could use your windows 8 tablet as a full computer with a mouse and even a keyboard unlike windows rt.

I can use my VivoTab Windows RT device with a keyboard and a mouse without a problem. You have no idea what you're talking about. Stop spreading FUD.

Xabier Granja said,

I can use my VivoTab Windows RT device with a keyboard and a mouse without a problem. You have no idea what you're talking about. Stop spreading FUD.


If you read my full comment, I said using a mouse and maybe a keyboard to do real computer work. Windows RT is restricted to Metro programs and modified preinstalled desktop programs. Also, stop using acronyms, it drives me insane when people do that! FUD is not apart of the English language!

You can do real work in RT. It's called Microsoft Office. There's millions of people in this world whose jobs focus on Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Just because this isn't your reality, does not give you the right to dismiss a platform completely.

If you read my full comment, I said using a mouse and maybe a keyboard to do real computer work.

So I guess you have this idea that once you hook a mouse and keyboard to an RT tablet via the USB port, that they magically turn into RT mice and RT keyboards that can somehow only be used to play Angry Birds?

Arm is severely limited and cannot do intensive things like Intel Processors can such as a full scale photoshop, caad design, major graphic design, intensive video editing, and games . I feel sorry you bought a Windows Retricted, errrr I mean RT tablet. With the amount of money a Windows rt tablet costs, you might as well have gotten a decent laptop!

lctb51 said,
With the amount of money a Windows rt tablet costs, you might as well have gotten a decent laptop!

OR a cheap Android tablet and save some money

lctb51 said,
Arm is severely limited and cannot do intensive things like Intel Processors can such as a full scale photoshop, caad design, major graphic design, intensive video editing, and games . I feel sorry you bought a Windows Retricted, errrr I mean RT tablet. With the amount of money a Windows rt tablet costs, you might as well have gotten a decent laptop!

I agree, but Arm processors can do some photo editiong and video editing too!

Xabier Granja said,
You can do real work in RT. It's called Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office for RT is a limited version. Even a netbook is more able to do a "real work" than RT, i repeat a NETBOOK.

Brony said,

Microsoft Office for RT is a limited version. Even a netbook is more able to do a "real work" than RT, i repeat a NETBOOK.

It's only limited by the home license and the lack of Outlook. You can work with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc just like you would on any other computer.