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Even Microsoft is having a tough time selling Surface RT tablets built around its Windows RT platform, so where does that leave its hardware partners who adopted the ARM-friendly operating system for their own devices? In a precarious situation, that's where. It's not entirely clear if Windows RT is the problem, or if lower priced Android tablets are stealing the show, but whatever the reason for slow sales, Asus chairman Jonney Shih isn't willing to keep betting on the platform. Shih sat for a spell with All Things D to speak about its tablet strategy and the state of Windows RT devices, saying... Read more...
Last week, we paid a visit to ARM's headquarters in Cambridge, England and sat down with the company for multiple deep dives into its structure, processor architecture, and the future of its product design. The semiconductor market for mobile and hand-held devices has changed dramatically in the past six years and ARM has had to evolve alongside it. This is the first in a series of articles designed to profile different aspects of the company and its competition with Intel... ARMs Race: Licensing vs. Manufacturing In Mobile... Read more...
Last week, we paid a visit to ARM's headquarters in Cambridge, England and sat down with the company for multiple deep dives into its structure, processor architecture, and the future of its product design. The semiconductor market for mobile and hand-held devices has changed dramatically in the past six years and ARM has had to evolve along side it. This is the first in a series of articles designed to profile different aspects of the company and its competition with Intel.   ARM's Licensing and Design Model Most readers are aware that ARM has a very different business model than Intel. Specifically,... Read more...
Microsoft will be pushing Office 2013 into the mobile world with the Windows 8.1 update public preview on June 26th. The company announced today at Computex that small x86 tablets will be available with Microsoft Office 2013 built in. On top of that, Outlook 2013 will be coming to ARM-based Windows RT tablets at the same time. Acer Iconia W3 Right now, Windows RT already supports the core suite of Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, an even OneNote. The notable exception was Outlook, which was frustrating for mobile users who relied heavily on the email software. Windows CFO and CMO Tami... Read more...
Windows RT is an OS that we haven't heard a lot about lately. Windows 8.1, on the other hand, has been all over the news. So, how's Microsoft to get RT back into the fold? Partner with Qualcomm, one of the world's most notable producers of high-end mobile chips. This week at Computex, Qualcomm announced plans to work with Microsoft in order to offer Snapdragon 800 processors for Windows RT 8.1. If you aren't familiar, the Snapdragon 800 processor range features an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and CPU speeds of up to 2.2 GHz per core.Other capabilities include USB 3.0 and support for Windows... Read more...
Microsoft had a simple formula for competing in the mobile space: Launch a Surface Pro device running Windows 8 for people that need a full fledged system for getting work done yet desire the portability of a tablet, and Surface RT for consumers who are primarily interested in a tablet. In Microsoft's mind, this would also serve as the blueprint for its OEM partners to follow with devices of their own. The only problem with Microsoft's strategy is that consumers aren't flocking to these devices, so what's next? A price cut. Surface RT debuted at $499, a premium price for a tablet made even more... Read more...
It's perhaps the ultimate Catch 22. HTC needs to expand into more frontiers beyond the smartphone one in order to generate more revenue. But it lacks the revenue to expand into new product segments. Years back, HTC actually tried its hand at a tablet. While the device did well in reviews, hardly anyone actually purchased it. Such has been the case with the company's phones of late, too. Samsung has been eating every other Android phone maker alive, swallowing nearly all of the profits for the Android phone segment. As the HTC One attempts to gain traction, the company is reportedly nixing plans... Read more...
There's no reason for Windows 8 and Windows RT to be treated like second class citizens, so why isn't Adobe's free Photoshop Express program available for either platform when you can grab it on iOS or Android? That would have been a good question a week ago, but is no longer valid, as you can now find the freebie photo editing app in Microsoft's Windows Store. "On-the-go photo editing was never so fun, fast, and cool. Touch your way to better-looking pictures with automatic fixes and filters," Adobe explains on the app's product page. "Get your pictures to pop! And after sharing, you'll be the... Read more...
It's probably a bit premature to play Taps whenever the topic turns to Windows RT, but at the rate things are going, someone may want to type up an obituary just in case (Acer would be game). Windows RT is proving a tough sell, as evidenced by its lackluster market share and by deep price cuts, the latest of which comes from Dell. On the bright side, if you've been lusting for an XPS 10, now is the time to buy. Head over to Dell's website and you'll find that the XPS 10's starting price has been slashed to just $300, down from $450. The greater than 33 percent discount represents what a tough time... Read more...
As we noted earlier, Windows 8's reception to date has been tepid at best. As much of a train-wreck that many considered Vista to be, even it had greater adoption six months after launch. There are multiple factors that can be blamed here, with one at the forefront being Microsoft's new-fangled Start screen. Many have considered that interface to be ideal for tablets, not desktops, and that's something I can't disagree with. But on the topic of tablets, the Windows 8 situation hasn't fared much better than on the desktop. According to Mark Whittard, managing director at Toshiba Australia,... Read more...
If there's one company that isn't afraid to speak its mind and be totally blunt, it's definitely Acer, especially when the topic revolves around Windows-based tablets. Acer, after all, is the company that warned Microsoft to "think twice" about its Surface strategy, both because of the potential to "create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem" causing "other brands to take notice," and more bluntly, because tablets and hardware are "not something [Microsoft is] good at." There are other examples of Acer's outspoken nature, including a comment made by Acer President Jim Wong heading into the... Read more...
Since their respective launches, it's been oft-speculated that neither Chrome OS or Windows RT have fared too well in the market, and with an updated report from NetMarketShare, we can now add some substance to that. Net Applications, which monitors a number of large websites for usage statistics and then publishes the results through NetMarketShare, began monitoring for both of the aforementioned OSes just a week ago. At the conclusion of that week, it was found that Chrome OS usage was about 2/100th of 1%, or 0.0002% - too low to even register among the rest of the results. Given the fact that... Read more...
Surface RT tablet sales haven't exactly been through the roof. Out of the 1.5 million Surface tablet sales to date, a million of them belong to Surface RT, falling well short of Microsoft's expectations, assuming it's true that the Redmond outfit ordered 3 million Surface RT slates. Is Windows RT to blame? It's a bit too early to tell. The only thing we know for sure is that Microsoft is committed to sticking with the platform. Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware & PC Ecosystem, explained to CNET during an interview why Microsoft is in this for the long haul.... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that it would build an entirely separate version of Windows for ARM processors in 2011, it galvanized the entire computing industry. For decades, Windows and x86 had been synonymous terms, so this move to support alternative architectures was seen as a fundamental change in how Microsoft would approach future product development and software compatibility. Fast forward to the present day, and the future prospects for Windows RT are dimming fast. Samsung -- already having decided not to bring its Ativ RT tablet to the US due to low sales -- has now given notice that it won't... Read more...
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