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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Windows RT Future Bleak After Surface 2 Manufacturing Ceases

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may not have officially pulled the plug on Windows RT but the specialized version of the Windows operating system’s future is looking more bleak after it has been revealed that the software giant has ceased making Surface 2 tablets.

According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has confirmed that it has indeed stopped manufacturing Surface 2 tablets.

“We are no longer manufacturing Surface 2; however, those still eager to buy Surface should visit Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, third-party retailers and resellers for the latest availability,” The Verge quotes the company as saying in a statement.

The publication also notes that $1.1 billion of the $26.47 billion revenue Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported for its most recent quarter came from Surface with most coming from the latest Surface Pro 3 tablets. Surface Pro 3 outsold Surface 2 three to one in the most recent quarter, the firm has confirmed.

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The cease in manufacturing of the Surface 2 points to Windows RT nearing its end. Windows RT is a special version of the Windows operating system that’s meant to run on mobile devices including smartphones and tablets that are powered by chips on the ARMv7 32-bit architecture.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has long stopped making Surface RT devices which, along with Surface 2, are the only Windows RT-powered devices in the company’s stable. Furthermore pointing to the nearing demise of Windows RT is the fact that Windows 10 is meant by the Redmond, Washington-based giant to work in all classes of devices whether they be desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Adage Capital Management managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson owned about 12.8 million Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) share by the end of September, up 12% quarter over quarter.

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