Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC
Windows Well, this can't be a good sign. Samsung has told CNET that the company will not be launching its Windows RT tablet in the United States, citing a lack of demand and consumer confusion. After I spent an afternoon in my country's largest electronics retailer, it's hard not to agree with Samsung.
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by Nelson on Sun 13th Jan 2013 00:25 UTC
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I don't think the Samsung's issue and the retail space issue you experienced are because of the same thing.

Samsung has made the decision to test Windows RT devices out in other markets before doing a push into the US market. Given the way Microsoft has handled the RT situation, I don't blame them.

Intel I think really surprised everyone by how quickly they were able to retrofit Clovertrail for Tablets and have it perform decently (Battery Life/Performance).

My Acer W501 gets like 9-10 hours of battery life (like 18+ when docked) and is actually thinner and lighter than my Surface RT. And its running Intel Atom which performs imho better than the Tegra 3 in the Surface RT.

Microsoft made the ARM decision when Intel was in disarray with regards to their mobile strategy. I wonder if they could've foreseen how Intel would aggressively be pushing into lower and lower power usage today, would they still decide to go with ARM?

Re: Sales channel issues:

I think the shortage of touch based Windows 8 products at launch is an OEM issue regarding the supply chain. They simply didn't seem to pour enough money into touch based products (Touch Ultrabooks, Tablets, Convertibles). This only highlights the sheer incompetence of OEMs and their tonedeafness to reality.

I can understand a short supply of Touch Ultrabooks (Touch Panels add to the cost of Ultrabooks which is already astronomically high, seriously, I am not dropping $1,400 - $1,700 for anything. I don't care how Ultra it is)

I just think OEM's didn't really have much faith in the convertible form factors (multiple OEMs have said they were surprised by the demand for them) and they put all their eggs in the non-Touch Ultrabook basket.

I concur that this is extremely dangerous for Microsoft if OEMs do not go all in on touch based models.

I'm optimistic though, some OEMs (Vizio, Lenovo) seem to be getting it. I expect in the coming months the roll out issues to be sorted out. Not because of faith in OEMs, but because I genuinely believe Microsoft does not play around when it comes to selling Windows.

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