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Windows RT fail: less than half the projected shipments achieved

Posted at 30 January 2013 17:02 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

While Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 is a success, the company seems to see lower than expected sales for Windows RT, the tablet version of Windows 8.  The information comes from Taiwanese supply chain makers. According to them only 2 million Windows RT devices have been shipped while Microsoft hoped to have sold more than 4 million by now. Many of the tablets seem to be still at distributors and in stores as the Taiwanese sources estimate that only 1 million devices have actually been sold.

Reasons for the lower than expected sales are likely the relative high price, the lack of Windows RT applications and the introduction of Microsoft’s own device, the Surface tablet which brought the company in direct competition with its hardware partners. Prices might go down as Microsoft has announced it will soon start shipping a Windows 8 based Surface tablet and retailers likely want to clear their inventories.

Microsoft has been trying to get more vendors to launch Windows RT products by offering incentives, but so far only a handful companies have released Windows RT devices.

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ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 30 Jan 13 20:50
    That's hard to believe. Maybe Win8's Krakatoa-esque sales are setting the stage for us to abandon all keyboards as RT's imminent success tsunami's over us.
    TSJnachos117
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 31 Jan 13 02:24
      I've said it before and I'll say it again...

      Windows 8 is the combination of bad GUI decisions and bad timing. With market already being full of Android and IOS devices, consumers don't want to "upgrade" from something useable and functional to something less functional. Perhaps is Windows 8 Tablets came three or four years ago, people might have been willing to overlook the new "features", and get used to the interface.

      Too bad for Microsoft. Perhaps "9" will be more successful, if Microsoft continues down the tablet path.
      olyteddy
      Senior Moderator
      Posted on: 31 Jan 13 23:21
        Further bad news about RT: http://blogs.computerworld.com/table...ws-rt-will-die
        Quote:
        "It seems to be linked in a lot of cases to a steep learning curve of the [Windows 8] OS -- which is not necessarily intuitive."
        UTR
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 01 Feb 13 01:19
          The wheels are coming off the Windows 8/RT wagon.

          This will be an expensive lesson for MS and it might cost them a lot of market share in the long run. Every time they think they can ram a crappy OS down the throats of their customers they lose big. To think a lot of this trouble with Windows 8 could have been avoided if only they had included a Start Menu option. It might be time to clean out their marketing and long term strategy departments because they really dropped the ball on Windows 8 and RT.

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