Toshiba Bows Out of Windows RT Race, Blames Parts Delay

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.