OK, we know Microsoft's tablet OS isn't popular. So, what's next?
First, a look at the short, checkered past of RT, which rolled out on October 26, 2012.
- Vendors wary. Very wary: Hewlett-Packard, the No.1 PC maker, that never launched in the U.S. Then pulled out. Asus eventually gave up. Acer eventually threw in the towel too -- at least for now.
. Samsung made a weak attempt at one tablet
- Want to complain? Get in line:
for Surface RT, while other vendors in general. in March. And even less in August.
- Sales of Surface RT underwhelming:
portended the write-down debacle to come.
- RT will don Outlook: In June, Microsoft said
. But when the RT-finally-gets-Outlook hoopla was over, no one really cared.
- $900 million write-down:
couched innocuously as an "inventory adjustment."
That's not a complete history, but you get the idea. As of today, Microsoft is pretty much the sole survivor among the big players. (Though old RT devices are still being sold, like Dell's XPS 10 tablet announced way back in August 2012 and Acer tablets, among others.)
What happens now? The company said on Friday that. (While that statement made no mention of a commitment to RT, Microsoft has a history of referring to RT as Windows on ARM or WOA.)
I've been told that Microsoft. Because of its small size, that's a good candidate for ARM with integrated 4G/3G.
The bigger point is, Microsoft believes in ARM. Every best-selling tablet on the planet today runs on ARM. So, you can't blame Microsoft for thinking something like: We can't afford not to run a tablet on ARM. That's pretty much what Corporate Vice President Michael Angiulo.
Phone (which also runs on ARM) and RT into one platform, making it more like Apple's iOS.
Whatever happens, it's probably a good opportunity for readers to chime in. I'm guessing Microsoft is all ears.