The latest market estimates released by IDC (for the first quarter of the year) revealed that Microsoft sold around 900,000 Surface tablets. Most of them are said to be the Surface Pro units.
This has led to some analysts questioning Windows RT, and what the future holds for the platform. But IDC analyst Ryan Reith believes that it is still too early to judge Windows RT — Microsoft’s development efforts for its ARM operating system may yet pay off in the near future.
Talking to V3, the analyst said:
“I think Microsoft is in this for the long haul, but whether or not RT will exist in a few years is still to be determined. We haven’t called the demise of the platform yet, but having the two versions co-exist doesn’t make much sense.”
Keeping all that in mind, it is still worth noting that the Windows RT platform has only been on the market for merely six or so months — it really is far too soon to sound the death knell.
More so when one considers that Microsoft still believes (and continues to invest) in the platform.
The first major refresh of its product offering, codename Blue, is said to include the Windows RT 8.1 version, which is expected to bring a bunch of improvements and enhancements to the company’s tablet-oriented operating system.
There is a fair chance that several of the new features that are poised to be the part of Windows 8.1 will make an appearance on the next version of Windows RT 8.1. In fact, features like the 50-50 Snap View mode and support for units with smaller displays are a perfect fit for the Windows RT platform.