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Samsung cancels Windows RT plans in U.S.

Published Jan 11th, 2013 1:30PM EST
Samsung Windows RT Tablet Plans

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In a major blow to Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung (005930) revealed that it has canceled plans to launch Windows RT devices in the United States. The company previously announced the ATIV Tab, a 10.1-inch slate that was powered by an ARM-based processor and Windows RT. Mike Abary, Samsung USA’s senior vice president of its PC and tablet businesses, said in an interview with CNET on Thursday that the company’s retail partners indicated demand for such products was modest at best. The executive also said that it would take too much time and money for Samsung to inform consumers about the benefits of Windows RT.

The company’s decision may hurt Microsoft, which is looking to increase its mobile market share, more than anything else. Samsung is one of the world’s top providers of smartphones and tablets and without its support, Windows RT now has a much lower chance of success.

Abary did note that if the operating system takes off, however, the company will reevaluate its decision.

Samsung isn’t the first mainstream manufacturer to ditch Windows RT. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) also scrapped its RT tablet plans last year after Microsoft announced the Surface.

Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.