Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:08 UTC
Windows After ditching its Windows RT tablets from the US market, Samsung has now also confirmed to Heise.de it's going to stop selling them in Germany and several other European countries. The company cites lack of interest from consumers and confusion over what Windows RT is. Combined with the massive discounts Microsoft is now giving to OEMs, the writing is on the wall here: Windows 8 - specifically on tablets but also in general - is turning into a failure.
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Sadly consumers aren't that bright
by chekr on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:49 UTC
chekr
Member since:
2005-11-05

Unfortunately the differences between RT and Pro are not simple enough to get through to an average consumer.

Imagine the poor sales people trying to explain to consumers that yes it is a windows tablet, but no, you can't run all your Windows programs on it.

And without the catalogue of existing software from x86, all you have is what's available in Windows Store...and trust me, that ain't much!

Lets hope consumers get used to the introduction of ARM to the mix as it will enable some much more flexible products than if MS are purely tied to x86.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Why should my mom care that WindowsRT cannot run her Windows software?

It is all MS fault PERIOD

This whole "We push Metro/Modern/Win8/RT down peoples throats so that in the long run we can hopefully compete" is so f***ing stupid that MS deserves every bit of failure they are getting.

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chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

Your mom [sic] should research what a product is capable of before making that purchase as should every other consumer.

I regularly buy products that I am not familiar with, however, I take the time to understand and research different options before I make a purchase. Many other people do the same. It's about time that the minority that expect society to attach padding to their lives grew up and acted like adults.

Edited 2013-03-06 12:33 UTC

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

Why should my mom care that WindowsRT cannot run her Windows software?

It is all MS fault PERIOD

This whole "We push Metro/Modern/Win8/RT down peoples throats so that in the long run we can hopefully compete" is so f***ing stupid that MS deserves every bit of failure they are getting.


My Grandmother use to use FamilyTree or another genealogy program. It ran on Windows, and we moved it to new computers when her computer was upgraded. It was a simple program, but it was important for her.

Now, imagine telling her and others that they can't use those specialty programs on the new-fangled Windows computer that is Windows but not Windows.
My grandfather would have understood - he did some programming - but she wasn't that literate, and wouldn't have understood what ARM or x86 meant.

Outside the tech industry - e.g. programmers, engineers, tech pundits, and a portion of their managers - that's basically the case.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

This whole "We push Metro/Modern/Win8/RT down peoples throats so that in the long run we can hopefully compete" is so f***ing stupid that MS deserves every bit of failure they are getting.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxAKFlpdcfc

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