Component Delays Force Toshiba Out of Windows RT Race

Pulkit Chandna

Microsoft has revealed the names of its Windows RT OEM partners and there are a few big names missing from the list. While we already know the reasons behind HP and Acer’s absence, the absence of Japanese company Toshiba, which was recently rumored to be among Microsoft’s Windows RT launch partners, is bit of a mystery.

Actually, it was a mystery up until Tuesday morning, when the company revealed the exact reason for its omission from the list of Windows RT OEM partners . Apparently, the Japanese company has decided to steer clear from the Windows RT fray for the time being, owing to component delays.

"Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible," the company announced Tuesday. "For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market.We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions."

Like Toshiba, HP too has no plans for a Windows RT product at this stage, albeit the latter’s “decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers.” Then there is Acer which, while not averse to building a Windows RT tablet, has said that it’s unlikely to enter the market this year.

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