Acer boss JT Wang has condemned Windows RT as "very immature", with Microsoft mulling a price cut on the cut-down tablet-oriented version of its operating system.
No new Windows RT devices are on show at the huge Computex show in Taiwan this week, as the world's biggest PC companies are rushing out more full Windows 8 touchscreen tablets in various sizes and prices.
Acer today launched the Iconia W3, an 8-inch slate with proper Windows and Office for around £280. Meanwhile Android tablets such as the cheapo Asus MeMOs, which offer much the same in term of features as Windows RT slates, but with a thriving app store, continue to flood the market.
Citing 'people with knowledge of the matter', Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is slashing the price it charges manufacturers for the Windows RT software to chivvy them up a bit.
HTC reportedly kiboshed its plans for a huge 12-inch RT tablet last week, with sources blaming high costs and uncertain demand. Microsoft is apparently addressing the first of those concerns, but convincing people that they want a Windows device without many of the features of Windows is a big ask. You can only install apps from the Marketplace, for example, so your old Windows software won't be compatible.
Windows RT was supposed to be cheaper by being compatible with the ARM-based chips you find in phones and tablets, but with Intel dropping prices with its Atom processors, that hasn't proven persuasive. Very few RT products have been built, with major players such as Samsung and HP unceremoniously dropping them.
Microsoft possibly shot itself in the foot by building its own RT product, the Surface, which has sold poorly itself and discouraged manufacturers from doing cheaper versions. Wang isn't the first tech boss to slag off the OS, with Samsung's Mike Abary saying it needed "a lot of heavy lifting" in terms of explaining it to consumers.
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