Windows RT under threat as Microsoft looks to cut one operating system

tech-julie-larson-green-1Microsoft has admitted that it has too many operating systems and will no longer offer either Windows Phone, Windows 8 or Windows RT. 

Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference, Microsoft spoke about the effective failure of its cut-down Windows RT operating system. Windows is available on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Julie Larson-Green, EVP of Devices for Microsoft, said: “We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three. We do think there’s a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn’t have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we’re continuing down that path.”

Larson-Green admitted that the concept of Windows RT wasn’t explained to consumers very well. It was an attempt to give a simplistic but productive ‘turnkey’ experience similar to the way Apple presents iOS on the iPad.

“So the goal was to deliver two kinds of experiences into the market, the full power of your Windows PC, and the simplicity of a tablet experience that can also be productive,” she said.

“I think we didn’t explain that very well. I think we didn’t differentiate the devices well enough. They looked similar. Using them is similar. It just didn’t do everything that you expected Windows to do.”

She continued to say that Microsoft shouldn’t have even called it Windows and said that going forward the firm will differentiate it more. There’s been a lot of talk about ‘rebranding’.

It’s unclear exactly what the strategy going forward is. The most likely options are for Microsoft to completely ditch Windows RT, or to merge it with Windows Phone.


Originally published on PC Advisor (UK). Reprinted with permission from Story copyright 2024 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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