Posts with tag surface rt
No, you're not getting Windows 10
Remember Microsoft’s Surface RT? It was Microsoft’s own tablet that ran full Windows on an ARM chip, right down to the confusing Metro/Desktop switch. It had Office pre-loaded, but you couldn’t use any other desktop apps with it unless you jailbroke it. And with relatively few quality Metro apps in the store, there was really no incentive to buy a Surface RT over a comparable x86-based tablet.
If you were at or watched Microsoft’s Windows 10 conference yesterday, you may have noticed that not a single utterance of “Windows RT” was heard anywhere. In fact, according to C|NET, Microsoft “devoted only a few seconds to Windows RT, saying during a Q&A with reporters that it is ‘working on an update for Windows RT as well.'” Companies like Asus and Dell who both introduced Windows RT tablets have already gone and killed their products with the remaining holdouts being the Surface RT and the Lumia 2520.
While the Surface Pro lineup will naturally be getting the Windows 10 update, Microsoft only said that there would be a future update that brings some of Windows 10’s functionality to Windows RT. This statement feels eerily similar to how Microsoft mis-handled the Windows 7.5 upgrade path, where Windows Phone 7 handsets would never see an update to Windows Phone 8 but would instead be updated to have some of the same functionality as Windows Phone 8. We’ll be waiting to see what Microsoft has to say later on about Windows RT but for now, it certainly sounds like this is the end.
AT&T exclusive likely
Good news, Microsoft fans – it appears as though Microsoft is getting ready to launch the often hinted, but never officially confirmed Microsoft Surface 2 tablet with built in LTE networking capabilities. The tablet, which is expected to launch as a Surface 2 Windows RT variant rather than the Surface 2 Pro – at least initially – will contain AT&T compatible LTE bands, meaning that this will likely ship as an AT&T exclusive, at least for now.
Not much else is really known about the device at this point, but with the tablet passing through the FCC and gaining approval already, it seems likely that we’ll be hearing more in the coming days and weeks – perhaps Mobile World conference or BUILD are two likely venues for the eagerly awaited tablet to make its debut? Stay tuned.
Microsoft's next tablet is stuck in the past
First, an admission; I’m typing this on an original Surface RT. It was a moment of weakness – I had the opportunity to snag one for cheap just a couple of days ago, and the technophile in me just had to jump at the opportunity. Much digital ink has been spilled defending or damning the original Surface, so I won’t add to that too terribly much but to say that, as well built a device that this is, it is absolutely not a machine without its flaws.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where the true problem of the Surface lies. As many positives that the tablet may have, there are just as many negatives about it as there are positives, if not more. And while Microsoft may have gone a long way towards fixing some common issues people had with the Surface at their Surface 2 event this week – the poor battery life, the abysmal performance, and the relative heft, they also managed to leave the most disappointing aspect of the device unchanged – its usability.
Read more on what’s amiss with the Surface 2 after the break.
They're about to add to their $900m loss
A law firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over their Surface RT stating that the company made “materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s financial performance and its tablet computer, the Surface RT.” The article goes on to state specifically that Microsoft lied about the fact that Surface RT is experiencing poor customer demand and having poor sales, that the Surface RT dropped in value during Q1, and that Microsoft lied about their earnings regarding the Surface RT.
Given Microsoft’s unwillingness to share any sort of details about how the Surface RT is doing, this is completely unsurprising. Now the question is, how many more millions of dollars will Microsoft lose over Surface RT?
We’ve been hearing hints of there being a Surface 2 out there, but since Microsoft is the “new” Apple, everything we hear has been rumor and speculation; today is no exception. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told CNET that they were “working really hard” on the next generation Surface, indicating that the next generation of Surface RTs might be powered by the Tegra4.
Several months ago, Huang said that one of the big disappointments with Windows RT was that it didn’t come with Microsoft Office Outlook. Today, Huang says that “we’re going to bring [Outlook] with the second-generation Surface.” So, what will Surface RT 2 bring, aside from Windows 8.1 and Outlook RT? That announcement can’t be too much longer, as fall is coming and that’s usually when the tech giants hold launches to build hype for the holiday season.
That dancing commercial didn't work
I guess it’s pretty clear why Microsoft lowered the price of the Surface RT now if it wasn’t before – we had suspected that it was because of poor sales, but things appear to be much, much worse than we ever thought possible; Microsoft’s quarterly reports have indicated that the company has taken a whopping $900 million loss on the Windows RT tablet that the company has bet so much on.
The Surface RT was introduced to a huge publicity and marketing blitz by Microsoft last year, with the company even going so far as throwing an elaborate launch party in the entirety of Time Square, New York City to celebrate.
The $900 million loss was cut from the Windows department’s total revenue, which surprisingly still managed to see a slight bump in profits from this time last year. Microsoft has recently been rumored to be preparing for the launch of a 2nd Generation Microsoft Surface RT, likely with a slimmer body, higher quality screen, Windows 8.1, more powerful internals, and a host of new accessories to take advantage of that infamous Surface connector. Microsoft is also rumored to be preparing to bring a 7″ Surface tablet onto market to compete with the likes of the iPad mini, which would be a perfect fit for Windows 8.1’s improved support for lower resolution displays.
Much more reasonable
Have you been like me – always wanting a Microsoft Surface RT, but not quite willing to pay that ridiculous $500 price tag that goes along with such a purchase? Good news for both of us, friend – Microsoft has just put into effect a permanent price cut for the current Microsoft Surface RT tablet. The price has been whittled down to just $350, a full $150 off the initial asking price.
Rumors are indicating that the purpose behind the price cut is poor sales – customers haven’t seemed terribly interested in a $500 Windows RT device that can only run those new fangled new “Metro” Windows Store applications – so it was really only a matter of time before such a drastic move occurred. It’s worth noting however that Microsoft is reportedly coming out with their 2nd-generation Microsoft Surface RT devices shortly, which are said to be thinner, lighter, and much more powerful. Microsoft is also rumored to be on the verge of introducing a 7-inch Microsoft Surface tablet, designed to take advantage of Windows 8.1’s new screen size flexibility feature set.
If you're a member of the ISTE
We’re not sure if they’re trying to clear out old stock to make room for the Surface 2 or if they’re trying to get rid of a bunch of tablets that no one wants, but Microsoft has announced that they will be giving away 10,000 Surface RTs to educators.
The first 10,000 people who register for the International Society for Technology in Education conference this year will be the people who get a free Surface RT. This year, the ISTE is estimated to host 13,000 visitors.
No news on Surface Pro
Microsoft has announced today that via The Verge that the Microsoft Surface RT, their first Microsoft Surface tablet running the ARM based Tegra 3 platform and the Windows RT operating system (not to be confused with the Intel and Windows 8 based Surface Pro of late), will be coming to another grouping of European countries on February 14th, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Microsoft has yet to reveal any further launch dates on their more recent Microsoft Surface Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow in the United States and Canada.
Source: The Verge