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Is Anybody Happy with Windows RT?

March 20th, 2013 - 9:29 am

Another bigtime tech CEO is trashing Windows RT. This time it’s Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang:

“Windows RT is disappointing to us, because we expected to have sold more than we did,” explained Huang. “I think everyone expected to have sold more than they did.” Huang’s comments come shortly after Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, revealed that “smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system aren’t selling very well.”

Despite the disappointment, Huang believes Microsoft can put things right in future. Explaining that there’s a number of devices that could run Windows RT that don’t, Huang said it’s “of some importance for Microsoft to continue to invest in Windows RT,” irrespective of the poor sales. “They always seem to ultimately get it right,” said Huang. “I expect they will because it’s too important not to get it right.”

Historically, Microsoft gets things right in version 3.0. By that time, Apple will be on iOS 9 or so, and Android won’t be far behind.

They were years late getting into mobile, and they needed to get this one right on the very first try. This is big trouble.

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I likewise think that Win8 is a slow-rolling disaster, both as an OS and in terms of sales, and is "succeeding" only because of being installed on pretty much all new PCs. As far as I can tell, Microsoft is being very non-forthcoming in information about sales beyond "licenses sold". I know that I have no plans to upgrade any of my PCs (1 server, 3 towers, 1 laptop) to Win8. Besides, it's ugly as hell. ..bruce..
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This was a huge wake-up call for Redmond. They didn't even get right the things they usually get right. They didn't take care of their developer and manufacturer partners, and they brought out an OS that can't work for either low-end devices or for business applications. That says to me that they failed to comprehend the reasons for their prior success, and thought it was just because they were so clever. The same reason anybody jumps the shark.

So, like an old sitcom, an aging actor, or a fading rock star, their next effort had better be a roaring success.
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