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September 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM
With Dell’s XPS 10 now off the market, Microsoft remains the sole manufacturer still selling a Windows RT device, according to an article in CITEworld.
Windows RT is a variant of Windows 8 designed to run on power-sipping ARM processors. While devices running Windows RT have longer battery life than those running Windows 8, Windows RT is also more limited. Unlike Windows 8, which is backwards compatible with all Windows programs, Windows RT only runs new-style apps created specifically for the Windows Store, which launched in conjunction with Windows 8.
August 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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.
August 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM
Worldwide shipments of Windows tablets grew 527 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC.
But, then again, the starting point was very, very low.
June 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Outlook is coming to Windows RT devices as part of the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft executives announced today at Computex, the computer trade show taking place this week in Taipei.
Windows RT is the variant of Windows 8 that’s designed for devices using power-sipping ARM processors. Windows RT tablets so far have come with a version of Office that runs Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Outlook 2013 RT will be joining those programs as part of the Office 2013 RT package.
The free 8.1 update is expected to be released sometime before the holidays. A public preview of it will be available for download by June 26.
In addition, an update is coming in about a week for the Type and Touch covers, the keyboard covers that are designed to work with Microsoft’s Surface tablets. That update allows users to change what the top row of keys do and to create some shortcuts for activities such as printing the screen and turning the brightness up or down.
May 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses since it launched in late October, according to Tami Reller, Windows’ chief marketing officer and chief financial officer.
That number includes Windows licenses that ship on new tablets or PCs, as well as upgrades to Windows 8, Reller said in an interview posted on the offiicial Windows blog.
This is the first updated figure Microsoft has provided on Windows 8 sales since saying in January that it’s sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses.
Reller also offered some hints about what might be coming in Blue, the codename of the wave of updates expected to hit many Microsoft products later this year:
Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play.
The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.”
Interesting that she takes care to say that the Windows Blue update is “an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT.” Sounds like that may hint at a return to a Start button/menu of some sort?
Among other figures Reller offered:
- The number of Windows Store app downloads has passed 250 million. (Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that Reller said there are now more than 60,000 Windows Store apps.)
- The number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT is now at 2,400 devices.
- She also reiterated some numbers disclosed by Microsoft earlier this month: That more than 250 million people are using SkyDrive and more than 400 million people have Outlook.com accounts, now that Microsoft has completed its migration of Hotmail users to Outlook.com.
May 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Microsoft has landed among the top 5 tablet vendors worldwide for the first time, according to research firm IDC.
In the first quarter of the year, Microsoft shipped about 900,000 units of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets — most of those Surface Pro, according to IDC estimates.
But “beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market,” according to the IDC news release, which also noted that total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units.
Microsoft’s share of the market, though, was still tiny at 1.8 percent. Leading the market were Apple and Samsung. Coming in fourth was Amazon.com, with 3.7 percent.
Here’s IDC’s chart:
March 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Updates to Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps for Window 8 and Windows RT will be available in the Windows Store starting Tuesday — and possibly as early as tonight, Microsoft announced today.
The updates are designed to make it easier to manage email, communications and other tasks across multiple accounts and devices.
Some of the new features in the Mail app include the ability to filter to see only unread emails, to create and delete folders directly within the app, and to search the server for emails that are older than two weeks. (The Mail app deletes from your device emails that are older than two weeks by default to preserve disk space and battery life, according to the official blog post.)
The updated Calendar app now color codes events with a bar on the left of each event, rather than a solid block of color; has a “work week” view; and sends email to all meeting attendees.
New People app features include the ability to bring up app commands by swiping from the top (or right clicking with a mouse) and to post to friends’ Facebook walls from the app.
Other updates to Windows 8 and Windows RT are also reportedly expected soon, according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, including possibly, Xbox Music and Bin AppEx applications (such as Weather, News and Sports).
In addition, the buzz ramped up this weekend over what may be leaked screenshots of a build of Windows Blue, the reported big update that may be coming later this year for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Server. Foley writes about it here.
March 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM
Twitter announced in October that it would be working on an app for Windows 8 and Windows RT — and it’s finally here in the Windows Store.
The official Twitter app incorporates Windows 8 elements such as a Share charm that allows people to easily tweet links or pictures and Snap view, which allows users to view two apps at once.
Microsoft has been playing catch-up to Android and iOS in the number and name recognition of apps available for its mobile devices. And while Windows 8 devices can run legacy Windows software, Windows RT cannot so is particularly dependent on apps designed specifically for Microsoft’s new OS.
Previous to the official Twitter app launching in the Windows Store, Windows 8 and RT users had to rely on their browser or third-party apps to access Twitter. But using third-party apps for Twitter proved problematic when Twitter started limiting the number of users for third-party clients.
March 13, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund of Nomura has come out with an investor’s note in which he says Windows 8 has not helped stem the tide on the slowdown in PC sales.
Indeed, Sherlund has cut his forecast of PC-and-Windows tablet shipments from a growth of 5 percent in 2013 to a decline of 1 percent.
“Windows 8 is awkward in that it tries to address the intuitive ease of use of a tablet with the compatibility and features of a PC,” he wrote in the note. “For a consumer, they see no need for all this when a low priced tablet or smartphone is sufficient and they can easily learn a few alternatives to Office for the consumer needs.”
Sherlund notes, however, that the enterprise market — traditionally Microsoft’s strength — will likely ramp up in the second half of the year. Though those customers haven’t been in a rush to upgrade to Windows 8, he says, they are “stickier” customers who value Office more. And that — combined with likely decreases in Windows 8 hardware; increases in battery life, number of apps and new form factors; and the expected Windows “Blue” (the reported codename for an upcoming Windows 8 and Windows RT update that could also address smaller, sub-10-inch tablets) — makes Sherlund a bit more optimistic about late 2013.
(Sherlund, by the way, also says in his note: “Don’t hold your breath waiting for Office on your iPad. … We have been skeptical of Microsoft permitting the Office team to release Office for competing platforms. In a way, this is a price Office pays for subsidizing the Windows business. We have allowed that we could see a perhaps scaled down version of Office for iOS and Android, something that would minimize the Windows cannibalization while enhancing the ability for Office 2013 users to collaborate with others who are not on a Windows device. Our take is not anytime soon.”
Others have speculated that Microsoft may release a free Office app for iOS and Android. But in order to use the app, users will have to have an Office 365 subscription.)