Lenovo is the latest company that seems to be washing its hands of Windows RT. When Microsoft announced it was working on a version of its desktop operating system that would run on low-power ARM-based processors, it was pretty big news.
ARM chips were dominating the smartphone and tablet space at the time (and still are, for the most part), and supported some pretty slick features including instant-on, always-connected devices with long battery life.
But a funny thing happened between the time Microsoft started working on Windows RT and the time it arrived: Intel kind of caught up. You can find tablets and notebooks with Intel Atom or even Intel Core processors that offer around 10 hours of battery life, quick-boot times, and other ARM-like features.
And those devices run the full version of Windows 8, complete with support for desktop apps written for Windows 7 and earlier. So why would anyone choose Windows RT.
It seems like the answer is that they wouldn’t. Lenovo discontinued its one and only Windows RT tablet this summer, and the company says it has no plans to make a new one. Asus has already pulled out of the Windows RT space. And Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on unsold Surface RT inventory in order to lower prices and try to move remaining units.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Lenovo sees no point in Windows RT anymore… so I guess there’s no Yoga 11 sequel in the works
Like many Liliputing readers, Lenovo questions why someone would choose a Windows RT device when a Windows 8 model gets similar battery life, stronger performance, and a wider selection of apps. [Engadget]
- 3Doodler 3D printing pen shipping in the coming months, here’s what it looks like
It’s like drawing in the air… no, really. [Engadget]
- HP Envy Recline is an all-in-one touchscreen desktop with a very flexible hinge, brings touchscreen to your lap
At first glance the HP Envy Recline looks like a normal touchscreen all-in-one desktop. That’s until you tilt the screen back or pull it toward you so it’s hanging off the edge of your desk. [The Verge]
- Mozilla wants to give Firefox OS phones to HTML5 app developers, encouage them to port apps to Firefox OS
Now that the first Firefox OS phones are starting to hit the streets in select markets, Mozilla needs to attract developers to make and/or port apps to the platform. It’s giving away free phones to help move things along. [Mozilla]
- Asus Vivobook S400 update brings Haswell
The Asus Vivobook S400 is an affordable ultrabook, and soon it’ll be available with a 4th-gen Intel Core processor. [Asus TechinStyle]
- Ever wonder if there’s a faster way to tear-down a gadget like the NVIDIA Shield… with explosives? (video)
When people teardown a gadget, they usually use a screwdriver… not explosives. [NVIDIA]