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Windows RT looks like it’s on borrowed time

Published Nov 25th, 2013 3:50PM EST
Windows Phone Windows RT Merger

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.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.