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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

August 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Will Nokia help save Windows RT’s tablet future?

Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system has finally been inching up in worldwide smartphone market share, thanks in large part to Nokia’s Lumia phones.

Will Nokia be able to do the same for Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet operating system?

Nokia is apparently planning to release soon a 10.1-inch tablet that resembles its colorful Lumia line of Windows Phones, according to a report in The Verge.

The tablet, codenamed “Sirius,” is reportedly thinner and lighter than the iPad, The Verge reports.

Windows RT is Microsoft’s version of Windows 8 designed specifically to run on devices powered by power-saving ARM processors.

It has not been doing well in the market, holding about a 0.5 percent share, according to research firm IDC.

In the last quarter, Microsoft had to take a $900 million writedown for Surface RT, the version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet that runs Windows RT. The writedown was due, in large part, to the $150 price cut for Surface RT devices that Microsoft instituted days before announcing the writedown.

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