I feel worse for the people that bought into RT than I do for Microsoft. I just don't have huge confidence that it's a platform that will be supported too long, given these findings. And if Microsoft announces that it'll no longer support RT after this generation, then the app store for the platform is going to die off fast; in effect leaving people with a dead platform on their hands.
Anything that has the Metro interface will not sell well. (that's how it's working out anyway)
Your point about MS bailing on it's customers is probably spot-on too.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
People want the power of windows in a tablet form factor that is workable. The only thing they needed to solve was right click and hover, that is it. Literally instead of touch to click, they needed touch to hover and then another touch for click and a dedicated right click button, something like that. I have a Win 8 tablet, but I sure as hell am glad that it is not RT. I have the full power of windows, but touch is so badly integrated that I bought a bluetooth keyboard/touchpad accessory so I could use Windows the way you are intended.
Android and ios work well with touch because they are built for that interface. Try as they might, windows is not. The programs that you want to use are not. If MS enticed companies to make them more touch friendly, maybe, but they don't, they aren't. On other hand, try as they might, android and ios are not nearly as powerful as windows, not even close. That will not change for years to come.
In related news: Microsoft stock dropped 11% yesterday:
New apps are being written to the browser instead of to the OS, and their products are failing to compete in these internet/mobile arenas where they don't have legacy lock-in. So now they're in all out panic mode, as evidenced by their growing use of lawsuits to try to stop competing products (particularly Android) and recent reorganization.
Let's see how long it takes them to realize that adding a bunch of DRM and caring more about embedded revenue streams than the actual product does not put them at an advantage when the users look at their options.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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