Asus to drop Windows RT, focus on x86 Windows tablets

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Asus has decided to stop making Windows RT tablets, which are based on ARM processors, states a report on the Wall Street Journal. Instead the company will be focusing its efforts on Intel powered tablets which are able to use the full version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

The reason given for the move away from the Windows RT OS and its attendant hardware was poor sales of Asus-made Windows RT tablets. Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that the company made a loss on the ARM-powered tablets, though he didn’t specify any actual figures.

Shen is reported as saying on the company’s move away from Windows RT that “It’s not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful.”

Several notable companies have already backed away from Microsoft’s stripped-down operating system but Redmond hasn’t given up on RT just yet. In spite of losing money themselves on RT devices, Microsoft reportedly has plans afoot for another Surface tablet running either an Nvidia Tegra or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

Source: The Verge

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