Toshiba Bows Out of Windows RT Race, Blames Parts Delay

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 14 2012 3:46 PM
Despite plans to the contrary, Toshiba won't be releasing computers and tablets built around Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT platform, after all. The OEM blamed the sudden 180 in strategy on a delay in getting parts.

"Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible," Eric Paulsen, a U.S-based spokesman, said in the statement. "For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions."

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Toshiba originally planned to launch Windows RT products using ARM-based processors from Texas Instruments. It's unclear if those were the parts Toshiba was having a tough time securing in a timely manner or if it was due to some other component.

In any event, plenty of other OEMs are on board with Windows RT devices, including Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung.
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Jaybk26 replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 4:08 PM

That's horrible news for Toshiba. It feels like all of the major companies are making a mad dash for the best Windows RT product and Toshiba just landed in last place.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 9:25 PM

No ACER and Toshiba are hanging out together in the whiny looser club :))

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Thats not nice its a good business decission. Why luanch a late product coz of parts isue and lose revenu? Good good focus on something else.

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