As Intel knocks on ARM's door, what is the future of Windows RT?

2013-Mar-07 | Tags: analysisbusinessintelversus

Windows on ARMIntel has been working hard to scale down its chips to make them more mobile friendly, but what does this mean for Windows RT and ARM based devices?

Windows RT is an interesting product from Microsoft as it looks and feels like Windows 8, but neglects support for legacy applications. In fact, there has been a lot of negative noise around the OS with recent news that Samsung is mulling its options about pulling the platform out of Europe to cut its losses.

Taking a step back, Windows RT was/is positioned to be a variant of the Windows platform that is lightweight, offers great battery life, and has a terrific out of the box experience by shipping with Office pre-installed. One of the arguments behind Windows RT was that Intel was not able to scale its CPUs down quickly enough to be power efficient and at the same time, ARM had found ways to scale up its designs at a rapid pace to compete with Intel in the low-price market.

In theory, it sounded great, ARM based devices would dominate the low-end market (netbook-ish category of devices) and Intel/AMD would fight in the upper regions for those who wanted proper Windows 8 and the ability to run legacy applications. While good on paper, this separation has yet to appear in the market.

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