It’s been a bad week for Windows RT. But Microsoft told CNET that it’s still committed — to ARM.
On Thursday, Nvidia’s CEO suggested that RT — which runs on its Tegra ARM chips — is hurting its bottom line, and then a report surfaced Friday saying that Asus was exiting the RT tablet business.
That’s not deterring Microsoft. “Windows remains committed to the ARM platform,” a Microsoft spokesman told.
And more ARM devices are on the way. “We are looking forward to new
ARM-based Windows devices that will launch later this year,” the
This follows comments that Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made to CNET on Thursday. Huang said Nvidia is “working really hard” on the second-generation Surface.
Back in March, Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president, speaking
with CNET, expounded on Microsoft’s reasons for committing to RT. “It
was a ton of work for us and we didn’t do the work and endure the
disruption for any reason other than the fact that there’s a strategy
there that just gets stronger over time.”
Whether that reasoning still applies today isn’t clear.
Note that ARM is not necessarily synonymous with Windows RT at Microsoft. In addition to RT
tablets, the company’s Windows Phone platform also runs on ARM chips.
Asus at one time offered the Vivo Tab RT. But the company will stop making RT tablets.