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Windows RT isn't dead -- yet

Matt Hamblen | May 21, 2014
The troubled Windows RT operating system got nary a mention at Microsoft's Surface event today, but don't plan for RT's funeral just yet.

In July 2013, Microsoft took a $900 million charge amid flat Surface RT sales.

The biggest complaint about Windows RT has been its inability to run desktop applications. "It's a lobotomized Windows, not full Windows, since it can't run all the apps," said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. "It originally appeared as a placeholder for Microsoft, something they could move into the market quickly with low power needs and at a reasonably low cost that's competitive."

Like some other analysts, Gold said Windows RT will soldier on for a while, probably as a high-volume sales item with the Nokia Lumia brand.

Microsoft didn't respond to a request to comment on the future of Windows RT.

 

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