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Windows RT looks like it’s on borrowed time

Published Nov 25th, 2013 3:50PM EST
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It’s taken a while but it looks like Microsoft has decided what many OEMs have said for a long time: That Windows RT is pointless, especially in an era of power-efficient Haswell tablet processors. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning to slim down the number of Windows versions it offers and Windows RT looks like it’s on the chopping block. Although Microsoft was reportedly trying to salvage Windows RT by making it into a phablet-centric operating system, one of ZDNet’s sources now says that “it’s more likely that the Windows Phone OS core is what Microsoft will use as the starting point, rather than Windows RT” for its ARM-based devices going forward.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.