Microsoft has tried to reassure its PC partners that it has a strict separation between the employees who oversee the IDP program and the team working on Surface. Nonetheless, partners worry that's not always the case, and some worry that selling Surface is the priority, and everything else comes later. And Microsoft isn't expected to stop with the first Surface tablets. It reportedly is working on phones, as well as future iterations of Surface. RT troublesRT development has been far from smooth. Few products were ready for launch when Windows RT was released in October, and those on the market have been difficult to find. In addition, the reception to Windows RT has been tepid, which has caused some PC makers to rethink their strategies.
Microsoft has not yet provided details about Windows RT or Surface sales, but most indications are that demand has been modest since launching in late October, According to IHS iSuppli, Windows RT tablet evo tactical case for apple iphone 6 plus and 6s plus - tactical/black sales likely totaled 1 million in 2012, and other estimates peg shipments well below that figure, By comparison, Apple sold 3 million fourth-generation iPads and iPad Minis in the first three days they were available, The company is estimated to have sold about 25 million iPads in the December quarter..
The rest of the Windows RT market has been equally shaky. Asus' Vivo Tab RT was the only Windows RT product, besides Surface, available in the U.S. at the time Windows launched in October. Lenovo introduced its IdeaPad Yoga 11 in Asia first and only started selling the device in North America shortly before Christmas. And Samsung hasn't yet launched its Windows RT product, dubbed the Ativ Tab, saying that it was still formulating its strategy. Dell, which initially was slated to be part of a second batch of Windows RT devices, ended up taking HP's place in the IDP program. As a result of its later start, Dell didn't ship its Windows RT device, called the XPS 10, until December.
And shortly after Toshiba scrapped its Windows RT plans, its chip partner, Texas Instruments, decided to go in a different direction with its mobile processor business, That left the program down one ARM chip provider, A "second wave" of Windows RT products was expected to hit the market early in 2013, but it's unclear how big that wave will be or if it will really happen at all, Microsoft evo tactical case for apple iphone 6 plus and 6s plus - tactical/black considered limiting the new devices to companies not included in the first batch, such as Acer and Dell, one person said, However, Dell was moved to the initial group, and Acer said in October that it wouldn't release its product as soon as it had planned because tepid Surface sales made it more cautious..
Meanwhile, handset makers used to working with cell phone chip providers may introduce Windows RT products in 2013. Nokia reportedly is preparing a Windows RT device for early this year, while HTC may launch products later in 2013. Microsoft is expected to maintain relatively tight control over the second batch of devices, executives said. "In general on systems that are very small, that want to have long battery life, instant on, always connected environments, there's going to be a necessity of more and more close collaboration between the hardware and software," one hardware executive said. "Windows RT is going to loosen up a little bit as Microsoft and everybody else has more experience, but [almost] everything else is going to tighten up more."Microsoft as a devices and services companyMicrosoft seems determined to maintain its tablet strategy, with plans to launch the Intel-powered Pro version of the device this month. Ballmer, speaking during Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting in late November, made it very clear that the company should now be considered a devices and services company, not just a software maker.
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