Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Is Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Windows RT Is Dead?

Page 1 of 2

Sometimes at big tech events, what’s not there can be as important as what is there. That was certainly true at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where the notable absence of 3-D TVs signaled the death of that overhyped trend.

Computex Taipei — the biggest PC trade show in Asia — is under way right now. When viewed as a whole, Asian OEMs now dominate the PC industry (three of the top five PC vendors are based in Asia), so Computex is a staging ground for the latest and greatest products making their way to market. On display is a wide range of PCs from Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer, among many others, sporting all imaginable form factors as OEMs search for the next popular device category.

What’s absent? Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows RT.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

The controversial platform was featured prominently at last year’s Computex, running a wide range of devices powered by different ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH)-based chips. Since then, criticism about Windows RT’s dubious strategic positioning has mounted, and sales have been uninspiring.

Instead, devices are predominantly running on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)‘s latest Haswell chips, which mostly negate Windows RT’s whole purpose to begin with. Haswell’s strong power efficiency gains in Windows 8 devices give consumers one less reason to consider Windows RT tablets.

It could just be a matter of timing, though. Some manufacturers are reportedly just waiting for QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)‘s newest Snapdragon chip, which should also offer support for the upcoming Windows RT 8.1. Qualcomm is one of the remaining two chip makers powering Windows RT, following Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN)‘ high-profile exit last year.

The other is NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), which feels particularly confident competing with Qualcomm powering Windows. I recently spoke with NVIDIA Vice President of Investor Relations Rob Csongor, and he made it clear why: Qualcomm has far less software experience with making Windows drivers. Many of Qualcomm’s advantages in smartphones don’t translate into the tablet market.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) continues to use Office as a strategic weapon, though, as Office remains the gold standard among productivity software. The software giant is now adding Outlook RT to the Office RT suite as part of the update to 8.1. Microsoft says that Office is the single most important software feature for 61% of prospective tablet buyers, citing a Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) research study.

Office is a key software suite that Microsoft has withheld from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iOS platform thus far, in a strategic move to undermine the Mac maker’s productivity capabilities. Microsoft’s recent ad against the iPad calls out the absence of PowerPoint — which Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has never released for iOS.

Page 1 of 2

Biotech Stock Alert - 20% Guaranteed Return in One Year

Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Piling Into

One of 2015's best hedge funds and two insiders snapped up shares of this medical device stock recently. We believe its transformative and disruptive device will storm the $3+ billion market and help it achieve 500%-1000% gains in 3 years.

Get your FREE REPORT and the details of our 20% return guarantee today.

Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.
Loading Comments...

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 102% in 3 years!! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!