updated 06:32 am EST, Wed March 6, 2013
Windows RT shows further signs of stalling with Samsung exit
Samsung has confirmed that it has pulled its ATIV Tab with Windows RT from sale in Germany citing weak demand. It has also withdrawn the devices from sale in several, as yet unspecified European countries. Samsung had yet to release the device in the US as it was gauging its sales success elsewhere; it now seems almost certain that it won’t make it stateside.
The ATIV Tab with Windows RT is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and centers on a 10.1-inch (1366x768) display. It incorporates a 5-megapixel rear camera with a 1.9-megapixel front camera. As with other Windows RT devices, it ships with a version of Office that has been ported to the ARM CPU architecture. However, critically, while the Office suite is free, it includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but omits Outlook or any native email client from the desktop UI.
Microsoft’s own halo Windows RT device, the Surface with Windows RT, has also been reported to be suffering from weak demand. Microsoft was criticized for its approach to Windows RT, having failed to clearly differentiate the operating system from Windows 8 while also deliberately hobbling the OS. The inability to run legacy Windows applications has also been cited as a major hurdle for the OS. [via Engadget]