Microsoft Surface RT is now the only Windows RT device on the market
The Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet is no longer available from the PC vendor’s website and the now-private company is recommending the Windows 8-running Latitude 10 instead to anyone who comes looking for the former. With Samsung, Lenovo and Asus having already given up on the struggling platform, this is probably the last thing Microsoft needed at this point.
From Microsoft’s point of view, the timing couldn’t have been worse. On the heels of the announcement of only its second Windows RT device, the Tegra 4-powered Surface 2, Microsoft has to suffer the embarrassment of being the only company to still have an RT device on the market.
That being said, Dell has yet to make it clear whether this is indeed the end of its Windows RT stint, or if it’s simply making way for a successor to the XPS 10. All it is willing to say at this stage is this: "We're going to be announcing our full tablet portfolio at the event in New York next week [October 2, 2013] and will be providing full details then."
But the chances of Dell unveiling a Windows RT tablet at the upcoming event — or at any event in the foreseeable future for that matter — remain slim. “I just don’t see why you would stop selling your existing product until the new product comes out,” Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, told PCWorld.