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Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year.

"Microsoft is about to take the ax to one of the stupidest products it ever created.", says CNN Money - a sentiment that will be shared by many. Windows RT was always a strange experiment, but there were still many out there who enjoyed it. The key was knowing what you were getting into. Those who picked up an RT tablet expecting a regular Windows experience were let-down, with Microsoft deserving the blame for not doing a better job of informing the public as to the platform's limitations. Treated as a tablet OS just like iOS and Android, Windows RT wasn't that bad.

Microsoft's pocketbook didn't reflect "not that bad", though, as it took a $900 million writedown last year as a direct result of horrible Surface RT sales. If Microsoft killed-off Android-based Nokia X phones, it's really no surprise that Windows RT has become part of the culling as well.

While it's generally agreed-upon by many that Windows RT left a lot to be desired, we can't ignore that many have felt the same way about Windows 8. There are still many out there who are quick to bash the OS - I see it all the time in comment sections. I do believe that's undeserved, as once you look past the Start Screen, the OS itself is extremely solid - I certainly would not want to go back to Windows 7 given the general polish of Windows 8.

That said, with the next version of Windows to ship with a Start Menu, Microsoft clearly wants to right some of its wrongs - and it's no doubt because it thinks it has to. People are not going to be happy if Windows 9 is just as appalling as Windows 8, after all. It'd be at that point that some would begin to consider the alternatives - especially with Microsoft already waving the end-of-support flag in front of Windows 7.

As far as Windows RT is concerned though, I say good riddance, and Microsoft, please make the next Windows release a "great" one.

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Nadella is certainly making his mark. So far, the moves seem reasonably well-targeted.

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Definitely a good move to incorporate everything back into one os.

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They has to give RT a go simply because of arm chips. However now with the surface 3 its really better for them to stick with the pros. People buy windows for work mostly, ipads and android tablets are media devices and not really for work. Sure they can do some work but its nowhere near what a surface pro could do.

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I also read somewhere that the lumia tablet will be RT and the Surface tablets where going to be x86 so people could see a very distinct difference.

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Windows 9 should be pretty excellent based on Microsoft's pattern of alternating crappy and good OS's. :D And while I agree that Windows 8 isn't a bad OS, I will say that unless you have a 3rd party app that gives you a start menu, on anything without a touch screen, it is still pretty crappy. As soon as you get that 3rd party app though, it's a very fast, and a very nice OS.

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RoseC14,

First off that every other one is something you have been trained to believe, while in fact it is not true.

As for the start menu, again the blogger have you convinced, and you can't see that they are wrong, there is no way that the start menu is faster than the start screen but anyway. Some blogger wrote a start menu app, and now all his fellow bloggers and folks like you are convinced that you need to go get it to make Windows 8 work. Why did they tell you all these "Tech Bloggers" that you can add it back in just a few clicks, with no app needed, and no risk of malware or tracking?

Here is all you need.

Go to your desktop right click on the taskbar, at the top of the menu select toolbars, go to the bottom of the menu, select new toolbar, and point that to the Programs Folder on your hard drive. BINGO press where it now says programs on the taskbar, and great big menu opens with every single program installed listed, just like they were in all programs on Windows 7. But unless you type using a stick stuck to your forehead then I still say that the start screen is way faster, just type about four or five letters from the name, and it will find the program.

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Rob,

What makes you think that they will kill RT, just because CNN the tech giants of the world say so, because Microsoft sure never said that. What they said is that all of the windows teams would now work as one, and that each version would be built on a common layer. So for someone who seems not to understand what that means lets me explain, it means if I write an app for my windows 8 desktop make, it will run on my phone, tablet, and Xbox. Currently the universal apps between Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 are almost the same, but there are some API differences, with the next version, many if not all of those will go away. As Satya said we will still have various SKU's based on what market it is for.

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Windows RT was a failure and a disgrace to the Windows operating system line. I have Windows 7 and love it. It's one of the most loved operating systems, so why didn't Microsoft just build upon it? Why did it have to jump on the touch screen bandwagon and create that disaster? I'm hoping they'll finally put the focus back on operating systems for desktops.

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