Posts Tagged ‘Windows RT’


Say Goodbye To Microsoft

In the beginning, Microsoft’s business model was simple. They made the Windows operating system and licensed it to manufacturers, who then put it on their various computing machines. In the mid-nineties, Windows gained critical mass … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 10th, 2014

The Microsoft Surface is (French) Toast

The Apology Please allow me to begin by apologizing for the saucy language you are about to encounter. There is simply no way for me to tell the following joke without cursing. I really don’t … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 15th, 2013
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Why Windows RT Will Survive $900M Later

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they were writing off $900M in Surface RT inventory.  This is based on price reductions on Surface RT to clear inventory.  If we assume that Microsoft factored in $150 per unit...

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Patrick Moorhead / July 19th, 2013

Can Microsoft Compete in a Post-PC World?

Microsoft says it sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months it was on sale. Not spectacular, but not bad either. But for Windows RT, Widows 8’s tablet-friendly little brother, things haven’t … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 8th, 2013

The Late Microsoft Windows 8

In 2008, Microsoft’s Windows OS ran on 95% of all computing devices. By the end of 2012, Forrester estimated that Microsoft’s market share had declined to 30%. In 2012 there were more Android devices sold … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 7th, 2013
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How To Make Windows 8 Great

There has been a lot of discussion here lately, both in posts such as Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids and Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware? about the failings and the potential … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 12th, 2012

Ten Things I prefer to do on Microsoft Surface versus my Apple iPad

My primary tablet of choice for years has been Apple’s iPad. The iPad, iPad 2, and the New (now old) iPad (3). This is after trying at least 20 other tablets with Android phone, Android … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / November 6th, 2012

Why Surface Will Be Good for the iPad–and the Rest of Us

For the past 2 1/2 years, iPad as has ruled the world of tablets. Except for Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, both special-purpose devices dedicated to consumption, there has been … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 31st, 2012

Microsoft Pulls it Together (Almost) for Windows 8 Launch

I attended Microsoft’s launch last week for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface. While launch day is only one milestone in a string of milestones, launch day is the one day that everything must come … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / October 30th, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface: Less Than A Tablet, Less Than A Notebook PC, Less Than Ideal

Introduction I hadn’t planned on writing a review of the Surface today. But after reading over a dozen reviews, a pattern has clearly emerged: — Excellent hardware — Not as good a tablet as the … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 24th, 2012
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The Return of the Tablet PC

Microsoft’s decision to offer tablets in two flavors–Intel-powered slates running full windows 8 and ARM-powered units running Windows RT–has created a marketing and branding problem for manufacturers: How these very different products going to be … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 9th, 2012

Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Lessons Learned And A Look Ahead

RECAP We’ve been looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we wrap up the series by seeing what lessons we have learned and by asking ourselves what the … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 5th, 2012
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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 5th, 2012

Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 5.0 Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface 5.1 WHERE DOES … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 4th, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablets and Email: A Disaster in the Making

I’m skeptical about Windows 8 as a desktop operating system, but I think it has a lot of potential on tablets. To win a good chunk of the market, however, Microsoft and its OEM partners … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 19th, 2012
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Without Metro Apps, Innovative Touch-based Windows 8 Consumer Hardware is Meaningless

Last week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, HP, Dell, Samsung, and Sony announced some very unique hardware designs for Windows 8.  They included touch notebooks, convertibles, sliders, flippers, hybrids, and tablets that can take advantage … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / September 4th, 2012

Windows RT Grows More Mysterious as Launch Nears

I expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2012
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What Does Microsoft Have Against Email?

Email in Windows 8 is a catastrophe. I know the cool kids think email is last decade’s technology, but the fact is that it remains a vitally important communications tool for both businesses and consumers. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 24th, 2012

Deciphering Microsoft’s Latest Windows Blog on Windows RT

For over 20 years, I worked with Microsoft as a customer or a technology partner. Microsoft has a huge job in guiding their enormous Windows ecosystem down certain paths, and over those two decades I … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / August 14th, 2012
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The Windows 8 UI: Microsoft Makes a Tough Marketing Problem Worse

Over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, master of all things Microsoft, reports sources tell her that having lost the name Metro in an apparent trademark dispute, Microsoft will call the new tile-based user interface for Windows … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 9th, 2012
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Will Windows RT Include Outlook? Microsoft Won’t Say

Folks who plan to use Outlook on ARM-powered tablets, such as the Windows RT version of the Surface, may be in for a disappointment. The materials Microsoft released this week along with the Consumer Preview … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 18th, 2012
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Office 2013: Can Complexity and Touch Get Along? [UPDATED]

The new version of Microsoft Office, unveiled this week in a consumer preview, has an awful lot riding on it. The strongest claim Microsoft can make for Windows 8 tablets, including the Microsoft-branded Surface, is that … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 18th, 2012

Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different features and functionalities.  There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.  One of the biggest changes in … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / April 17th, 2012

Windows on ARM May Get Its Own Brand

The Wall Street Journal‘s Don Clark is reporting that Microsoft is considering calling the version of Windows that will run on ARM chips something other than Windows 8, the  name expected to be used for the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / April 16th, 2012