Windows RT was Microsoft’s solution to everyone who was looking for the simplicity of a Tablet OS, without all the legacy baggage behind a full-powered desktop OS, but with the familiar look and feel of it. All great ideas at times when the iPad is eating into PC sales, and when most people don’t really do much on a full-fledged computer anyway. Most of us thought it was the perfect computer for the mass market when it was announced, but as it turns out, the product has proven to fail due to the way it confuses customers, and specially when Windows 8 Pro can be had on a laptop for less money sometimes.
As a result, drops in prices are already noticeable in Windows RT tablets, as OEMs and retailers search for ways to get rid of the warehouse stock. Devices like the Dell’s XPS 10, the Asus VivoTab RT, Idea Pad Yoga 11 and other Windows RT tablets have seen some significant drops in prices in Amazon and other stores. The Samsung ATIV Tab didn’t even make it to the US as they originally announced. The only tablet that has retained its original retail price, is the Microsoft Surface RT, but that’s for obvious reasons.
It’s sadly the way economics work. If demand drops, you drop the price in order to hopefully raise demand. It’s hard to know what Microsoft will do with Windows RT, but with the rumors of Windows RT merging with Windows 8 whenever the next version of Windows lands will definitely be the smartest move. Let’s hope existing customers don’t get ditched as Windows Phone 7 customers were.
Via: PC World