Opinion: Microsoft needs to get rid of Windows RT

Windows RT tablet

I really have no idea why Microsoft introduced Windows RT. As far as modern computing goes, There is PC and there is mobile. In Apple’s world, we have Mac OS for PC and iOS for mobile. In Google’s universe, we have Chrome OS for PC and Android for mobile. The duality of modern computing reflects cleanly in those two ecosystems. Why Microsoft has introduced a third leg in its ecosystem baffles me. A third leg means more development efforts, time and resources duplicated, and a whole lot of waste.

Windows OS for PC. Windows RT for tablets. Windows Phone for smartphones. Why not eliminate Windows RT and deploy Windows Phone for both smartphone and tablets, just like the competition does? Consider also the lacklustre performance of Window RT in the market till date, and it just doesn’t make sense that Microsoft continues to push this orphan. No-one wants Windows RT. Windows Phone sells much more than RT, has much more apps than Windows RT, and can easily do everything that RT does. So, what is the catch? Why spend all that money, time and other resources on RT?

Perhaps I am just an ignorant layman. Perhaps there is more to Windows RT than I see.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

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