With months of financial and commercial troubles, Windows RT needs a white knight to either save it or put it out of its misery. The operating system has been shunned my consumers and manufacturers alike, with companies like Samsung, Acer, and Nvidia each expressing disinterest in or disappointment towards its confusing interface and lackluster sales.
Nokia is hoping to be that ivory chevalier. The company has reportedly developed a 10.1-inch tablet that utilizes the operating system and is said to be thinner and lighter than the iPad. The device, code-named Sirius, is expected to be announced on September 26, almost a year after Microsoft launched the first — and most notable — Windows RT device, the Surface RT.
The Surface RT launched on October 2012. After months of harsh reviews and reports that consumers preferred the Surface Pro over the Surface RT, Microsoft posted a $900 million write-off related to “inventory adjustments” for the device. (It’s been speculated that this write-off contributed to Microsoft’s board’s decision to replace Steve Ballmer as the company’s chief executive.)
Nokia might be able to develop a more appealing product than the Surface RT, at least from a hardware-focused perspective. The company has more experience developing hardware than Microsoft did when it launched the Surface RT and, despite lackluster sales of its Lumia smartphone line, the products are often praised for their design.
The trouble comes from Windows RT itself. The operating system has been bad-mouthed to oblivion by pundits, manufacturers, and analysts almost since its release. Given the emphasis on a good software-focused, apps-driven experience over shiny hardware and good design, that obstacle might not be overcome.
Some damsels just can’t be saved.
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