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Whatever plans Microsoft may have had for Windows RT heading into 2014 may need to be adjusted. Consumers just aren't buying Windows RT devices, and with sales being as weak as they are, Microsoft's OEM partners are beginning to lose interest, too. Case in point, Asus has reportedly decided to stop producing Windows RT tablets, which run on ARM-based processors rather than x86 chips.
"It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Asus CEO Jerry Shen told The Wall Street Journal.
Like Microsoft, Asus took a charge on its unsold Windows RT inventory in the second quarter, though the company didn't say how much. In Microsoft's case, the Redmond giant took a $900 million charge on unsold Windows RT tablets.
It isn't all bad news for Microsoft. Rather than shift focus entirely to Android in the tablet space, Asus said it will continue to make Windows 8 devices for Intel processors.