By Vamien McKalin | Mar 24, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
In a recent interview with Cnet, Microsoft stood by Windows RT claiming the operating system will only get better with time. However, time might not be on Microsoft's side, at least not with the lackluster sales of Windows RT-based devices in the market place.
Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Michael Angiulo, has plenty of faith in the Windows RT platform. He believes Windows RT is an important disruptive software technology for Microsoft to crack the tablet market, but that is yet to happen.
The main problem facing Windows RT is the lack of any option to use legacy applications, along with some consumers confusing the operating system with Windows 8. Microsoft needs to raise awareness properly to stem this issue, or better yet, do away with Windows RT altogether because there is no need for two versions of the same operating system looming around.
Despite the problems faced, Angiulo believes there is a future for Windows RT where tablets with 3G/4G are concerned.
"It was a ton of work for us and we didn't do the work and endure the disruption for any reason other than the fact that there's a strategy there that just gets stronger over time."
"Looking at things now like power performance and standby time and passive [fanless] form factors. When we launched windows 8, it was really competitive with a full-sized iPad. A lot of that was made possible by the ARM [chip] architecture," Angiulo said.
As it stands, Microsoft has no plans to kick Windows RT to the curb. It's the only version of Windows that is capable of running relatively smoothly on ARM chipsets, and that's critical for low power and low-cost tablets running Windows. It is also possible Microsoft could continue work on Windows RT to eventually merge it with Windows Phone, that would definitely be something spectacular.
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