Windows’ troubled tablet-specific OS looks set be killed off after a year of nothing but down, down, downs. Executive VP of Devices and Studios at Microsoft Julie Larson-Green hinted at the demise at a UBS conference yesterday. “[Windows RT was] our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience,” she stated, before reminding everyone that Microsoft now has a total of three operating systems. “We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three.”
Microsoft’s original plan for Windows RT was to set into motion a new generation of computers built on ARM chips instead of Intel, owing to the former’s low power requirements. Despite the theory behind it being sound, the Surface RT lost out considerably against competitors like the iPad and the Galaxy Tab, especially given the lack of apps made available for it. It wasn’t long before manufacturers began abandoning RT, with Samsung first off the ship. Asus and Lenovo followed closely, before Dell was the last to drop RT. Microsoft and Microsoft-owned Nokia are the last companies to have actively pursued RT, with the Surface 2 and the Lumia 2520 only coming on the market recently.