Dell Stops Selling XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet

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TheMissingPiece

With this news, RT will be dead by next year (although it will be supported for the next 4 yeaars). I'm actually quite torn with the turn of events. On one hand, the extinction of RT means that Microsoft can focus on making tablets you can actually do work on, so they can basically say that Win8 tablets have "the most apps" :P

At the same time, the first Surface RT is a screamin' deal at $350 (I went to the Microsoft Store in San Francisco and they even offered me a free touch cover, and since I'm a student, I also got an addition 5% off), and I'd hate to see the prices go up, although that certainly is a good thing in the long term.

Josh, if you're reading this, you're dead right - I believe on an earlier podcast, you mentioned RT being eventually discontinued and fire-saled off. Looks like the cards are falling in the right places.

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yammerpickle2

M$ will you please just let Ballmer and RT go and let them fade into the past like a bad nightmare.

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Paper Jam

MS should merge RT with WP8 and just have that OS for tablets and phones. That's how Apple and Google have done it, and look at the success. But no, people aren't buying WP8 so let's try to force them into new ecosystem by making them buy the OS first on their new desktop hardware.

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Shalbatana

The people who bought RT were not techno-aware and probably didn't realize it couldn't use x86 programs. Half of them returned it when they realized this, probably souring the milk forever, seeing as how people like that probably don't know that the other model WILL run x86.

Those who are up on tech news realized this thing for what it was, as stab in the dark for those who didn't want to pay for the higher end, while they quietly develop apps for it, intending to later put them in the secure envelope that is the windows 8 store (walled garden?). I don't think they ever expected it to succeed. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't fit with their "one os to rule them all" pholosophy.

A new surface 2 was a great idea and seems like a great (yet pricey) product. Why they EVER thought of making a second generation RT is beyond perplexing.

If MS really wants the RT tablet to succeed they should open it up and allow a version for sale with android on it. But then again, they're not after the HW sale in the end, are they?

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fung0

Windows RT exists because Microsoft knows that Windows 8 won't allow construction of a 'true' tablet. The extra horsepower needed to run the full Windows OS makes Surface an Ultrabook without a keyboard, at best. What made tablets popular was exactly their light weight and ease of use. Microsoft chose to ignore that obvious reality and introduce a juggernaut that very few people wanted, and NOBODY actually asked for.

Windows RT is meant to blur that issue. It lets Microsoft say "Oh, sure we have a lightweight tablet." The fact that it's a different tablet, that won't run Windows software, is something their marketing mentality believed consumers wouldn't notice.

Yes, marketing dweebs really do think this way. At least, the ones at moribund companies like Microsoft. These are the same geniuses who thought it would be clever to laminate a tablet OS and a desktop OS into one monolithic mess. (Ballmer at his finest, I suspect.)

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Shalbatana

They should have made RT based off the winphone 8 OS then, just like Apple did (or to they have a patent on that too?)

RT could have run x86. The only reason it didn't was power consumption. The chips weren't ready yet and they couldn't wait any longer to get into the market. They could have just made a lower priced system that ran only the less demanding windows 8 programs (like a netbook) and been done with it.

No, the RT was the platform they wanted to get everyone on to so they could in the future run the higher model on RT when everyone was used to it and had bought all new compatible apps. That would have brought them one step closer to the walled garden, and no one would have complained because all their programs would now work on a much better piece of hardware.

Apple users accept this practice. As PC users we call them on it.

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PCWolf

Everyone agrees that RT is BAD IDEA. All except Microsoft, who keeps trying to push this Failed Lemon onto consumers. Worse than Windows 8!

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AFDozerman

I honestly don't think that RT was a bad idea. X86 has a huge marketshare of the entire computing market and is only controlled by three (two that matter) companies. ARM, while owned by one company, has several different companies competing to create better designs. An ARM windows would give customers much better choices in hardware, extend windows into newer markets, and essentially future proof windows. I think it would have gone better for M$ if they had provided an X86 emulator to run older software on. Bluestacks integration wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

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AFDozerman

This could explain some rumoors of WinRT being merged into WP8:

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/167539-microsoft-will-combine-the-windows-8-and-wp8-app-stores-in-ecosystem-hail-mary

If you read on down into the article, they begin to talk about speculation that MS could possibly be merging the two entire OSES and not just the store.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Which is exactly what they should have done to begin with.

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AFDozerman

Agreed.