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Windows RT casualties grow, Lenovo drops IdeaPad Yoga 11 Win RT

updated 08:26 am EDT, Thu July 18, 2013

Microsoft facing uphill battle with Windows RT

The list of vendors opting out of Windows RT has added one more major manufacturer with news that Lenovo has dropped its IdeaPad Yoga 11. Windows RT has been plagued by a poor user reception with manufacturers either scrapping plans for Windows RT devices, slashing prices on models , or even cutting devices from their lineup altogether. Although Microsoft includes Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for free on Window RT devices, its inability to run legacy applications in desktop model, the conspicuous absence of Outlook and lack of Windows 8 'modern' apps has dampened sales.

Microsoft recently slashed the price of its own Surface with Windows RT by $150 across all models in an effort to clear inventory and increase its appeal when compared with the iPad. The Redmond-based company has recently been running a series of ads comparing the Surface to the iPad, claiming that users can do more on a Surface. The new pricing structure of the Surface RT has it sitting below Apple's two-year old iPad 2 in pricing, making it a much attractive value proposition than it has been in the past.

However, the Surface RT is hampered by the rapidly ageing Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, which along with its other shortcomings may still give users pause despite its more attractive pricing. Further, Microsoft hasn't reduced the pricing of its keyboard cover accessories in line with the price reductions to the Surface hardware (although non-bundled models will still work with Bluetooth or USB wired keyboards). Microsoft is also readying Windows 8.1 for Windows RT as well, that along with interface enhancements will also finally bring Outlook RT to Windows RT users at no additional cost.

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  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: 01-23-02

    The business model is poor. Expect Microsoft's RT model to become extinct before Christmas with the Pro following after the first of the year.

  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: 01-14-10

    Windows RT: All the limitations of a NetBook AND the problems of running Windows PLUS an assortment of limitations because it isn't a full windows.
    Yeah that was well thought out.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    Who knew!??

  1. shifuimam

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    Joined: 08-15-06

    Windows RT tablets were just premature.

    As Windows 8 grows in use and popularity, primarily by people upgrading and students buying new machines when the school year starts, we'll see more Metro apps. Metro apps are what makes Windows RT a viable mobile OS.

    The Nintendo 3DS didn't sell for shit the first year it was on the market, because there were no good games for it. The Wii U is suffering right now for the same reason. If there aren't compelling apps for a mobile device, the only people buying that device are geeks and early adopters. It's just a matter of time before there are enough good Metro apps to prompt people to buy an RT tablet.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    I think it's more the realization that merely supporting a clunky Office port natively (but no other Windows software) isn't enough reason NOT to buy an iPad, instead.

    The Surface Pro is a different story, and while, as you know, I have my theories on how well that can work, the rising number of devices may overcome the chicken-and-egg problem of software, and eventually lead to a resuscitation of the RT devices.

    I doubt anybody will be left who's willing to make them at that point, though.

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