Asus Officially Announces That It Will No Longer Make Windows RT Products

Asus Officially Announces That It Will No Longer Make Windows RT Products

The signs were all pointing to this. Up until now Acer remained one of the few hardware vendors that were still committed to the Windows RT platform, even as other Microsoft partners announced their intentions to scale back on it.

There were rumors that Asus would stop making products based on the ARM version of Windows, but today the company made it official.

Like a few other companies, Asus had recently shifted focus towards devices with Intel Atom processors inside. And now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Asus has cited the lack of compatibility with legacy Windows applications as one of the main reasons for the poor sales of its Windows RT slate.

The company released only one Windows RT device, the VivoTab RT, which actually launched in October 2012 alongside Microsoft’s very own ARM based device, the Surface RT.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen was quoted as saying:

“It’s not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful.”

The company took a write down charge on sales of the VivoTab RT in its second quarter, though Asus did not disclose a specific number.

With Asus officially out of the Windows RT game, it is possible that other Windows RT tablet makers will follow suit. Many companies, including Lenovo, have begun to release tablets that make use of the latest Intel Atom models.

Microsoft is, obviously, still committed to Windows RT, and the company has reiterated its decision to release new ARM based products. Dell has recently expressed its desire to continue releasing Windows RT devices, and there are rumors that Nokia is developing its very own Windows RT tablet.

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  • Ray C

    Well, no big deal. Microsoft is releasing the new Surface and there are other vendors that are going to make Windows RT devices. We all know about ASUS but the average person probably only gets an ASUS because of price or the suggestion of one of us or the sales person.

  • Jay Kay

    Oh poor MS

  • pirate78

    Well, good. I have purchased FT201 and its internet experience was terrible not matter what browser I’ve used, GPS was terrible which they tried to explain away, office apps crashed on regular basis (not sure weather that’s Primes fault), Asus didn’t bother much with Android updates past 4.1 which was a shame as the hardware was there to support it. Overall, with Surface RT, Microsoft has been much better at delivering support and allowed me real usability of the tablet. I don’t primarily use it for games, but I do a lot of writing, reading, homework, movie viewing (1080p) out to HDTV and – most importantly – internet browsing for research and leisure. The internet experience is so much better then what I had to put up with on Prime and I had to put up with a lot of frustration on Chrome, Dolphin, and other browsers which were great apps but horrid ASUS hardware made the experience unbearable. So I am not at all upset.

    I do hope that MS will release a 8″ Surface RT (ARM processors are important, its not all about having a computer with you its how long you can use it. This really matters!) with a pen, which would make my day :).