It goes without saying that things are not going exactly as planned for Windows RT, Microsoft’s newest operating system tailor made for tablets and devices that are powered by ARM chips.
But the fanfare that followed the announcement of Windows on ARM has not quite translated to sales numbers. Various reports have confirmed disappoint sales, which in turn has led to a number of large hardware vendors walking out on the platform.
From Samsung to Asus, multiple companies are either playing the waiting game, or have outright announced their plans to abandon the RT platform and shift focus to the full version of Windows 8.
Microsoft, however, still seems very keen to continue development of Windows RT, and the company has even promised to release even more ARM based devices in the months to come.
A Redmond spokesperson, in a short interview with CNET confirmed that despite the fact that some other manufactures have abandoned the platform, Microsoft plans to stand behind Windows RT and is already working with a few partners to bring new ARM units to the market:
“Windows remains committed to the ARM platform. We are looking forward to new ARM-based Windows devices that will launch later this year.”
While Redmond has not talked too much about the future of ARM, the technology titan is said to be collaborating with both NVIDIA and Qualcomm on new second generation Surface units, which should be here by the holiday season.
Microsoft appears to be working towards making the new Surface RT slates not only more advanced than the one currently available, but also a lot more affordable.