12 August 2013

Asus Dumps Windows RT, Surface RT is Microsoft "vanity hardware" for its out-of-touch CEO

It's become increasingly clear that Microsoft made disastrous mistakes with its Windows 8 project (e.g., forcing PC users to use touch screens, "Metro" tablet-like interfaces, 2 operating systems built-in, etc.)--including Windows RT tablets which nobody wants, and upon which it recently wrote off about a billion dollars. But hey, Microsoft is into making "vanity hardware" to please Steve Ballmer who is under some kind of delusion that Microsoft can compete with Google Android/Chrome and Apple iOS devices. You better watch out Ballmer, Jeff Bezos might buy Ubuntu and start selling Linux/Android laptops, tablets, and smartphones on Amazon! The irony of all this is that Microsoft shot itself in the foot when it decided to "dumb down"  Windows 8 for PCs and force everyone to touch-screens (hello gorilla arm), not thinking about "knowledge workers" who actually need a keyboard and mouse to do exacting work such as edit excel sheets etc. So now Microsoft has alienated its huge base of PC users, and nobody wants Windows phones or tablets (excepting the tiny market of graphic artists who can use the Windows Surface Pro with a stylus). In any other company, Ballmer would have been "long gone" as CEO. Microsoft is just another BlackBerry--a company that got fat and arrogant and trapped in its own success.

Asus Dumps Windows RT: " . . . Last month, Microsoft surprised a lot of investors when it announced that it had to write off $900 million mostly because of poor Surface RT sales. It seemed like out of the few people who actually bought a Windows tablet from the company, most opted for the full Surface Pro, running Windows 8. Still, Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to Windows RT and plans to keep shipping updates and new versions of the lower OS version aimed at ARM processors. However, in the end the decision may be forced onto it. In the biggest Asian computer show, Computex Taipei, not a single company showed off a new Windows RT tablet. And now, it appears Asus is the latest device maker to officially announce that it would no longer be making tablets with this version of Windows on it. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Asus said that it had lost money with its Windows RT tablets, and so it had to discontinue any new product in those lines. Instead, it will focus on Intel tablets running the full Windows 8. . . ."

Microsoft's tablet OS isn't liked but lives on
Microsoft's tablet OS isn't liked but lives on. Windows RT is in product purgatory. Not popular and nowhere to go. The problem is, ARM is everywhere.
San Francisco Chronicle
Historically, AllThingsD has accurately reported when Apple will launch new devices, ... REVIEW:Google Took The Two Best Android Phones In The World And ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Amazon launched it's new Fine Art and Collectibles section earlier this week, and it's getting a lot of buzz in the art world. Most of the media (including us) has ...
The search engine is no Google, but it's becoming a larger force as Microsoft ... or Google Cloud Platform but Amazon Web Services that leads the IaaS pack.
Apple today announced that all of its developer program services are now back online ... To make up for the prolonged outage of some of the services, Apple will ...
Washington Post
The lull between iPhones has been Google and Microsoft's gain, research firm IDC saidWednesday, reporting that Apple's iOS mobile operating system has lost ...
Sci-Tech Today
Apple just announced a new program to allow users to trade in third-party ...Apple launched the program after news reports surfaced claiming a Chinese woman ...

Sci-Tech Today

Amazon Pursues Windsor Site; Could Bring 300 Jobs
Hartford Courant
WINDSOR — Amazon could soon deliver a new distribution center to ... The Windsor center, ifAmazon chooses that location, would comprise 1.5 million square ...
Yakima Herald-Republic
Washington apple growers may be looking at a smaller crop than last year's record breaking bounty, but they still expect abundant high quality fruit. The first ...
An interesting little projection here that shows what a problem Apple Apple has with ... Given that we do also have Google Google in it, as well as innumerable ...

more technology news below

No comments:

technology news - Google News

Amazon News

Apple News

Facebook News

Google News

Microsoft News

Yahoo News

BBC News - Technology

CNET News - Business Tech


NYT > Technology

PCWorld Latest Technology News

SAI: Silicon Alley Insider



Alive in the Cloud