Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:46 UTC
Windows "Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares. The world's No. 4 PC vendor by shipments initially planned to roll out Windows RT tablets based on ARM chips early next year. However, the launch of Microsoft's tablet last week and the mixed reviews it has drawn has prompted Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013." Whatever the reason, this doesn't send a very promising message about Windows RT. Or, not entirely unlikely, Acer and other OEMs just can't measure up to Surface RT.
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only M$OFT can afford to lose money
by 4biaggi on Wed 31st Oct 2012 19:57 UTC
4biaggi
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2012-10-19

Margins are so thin today that only M$SOFT can afford to lose money (a la XBOX); even HP wanted at some point to sell their PC business division!

What an OEM already knows is that mid next year we'll see Haswell X86 at some 7W TDP; so, in the Windows space, ARM built machines are doomed to fail. Or, why would they succeed where AMD failed?

The argument that ARM's are more energy efficient is eroding day after day. But thanks to ARM for waking Intel up!

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