Analysis: Why Windows RT was doomed from the start

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Neil McAllister from The Register has written a thought-provoking critique about why the ARM-based Windows RT tablet from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) was "DOA" or dead on arrival. He alluded to the poor sales of Microsoft's flagship Surface tablet over the holiday season, which at an estimated one million, pale in comparison to the sales of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad.

The poor uptake is the result of multiple problems with Windows RT, says McAllister. He predicts that they will pose an obstacle to other vendors that try to sell Windows RT devices.

One of the main issues with Windows RT devices is their hefty price tag, which at $499 for the lowest-end model is too pricey, McAllister said. He suggested that licensing costs may have a part to play, given that all Windows RT devices come with a copy of Office 2013. Another factor is the operating system, which he feels is not adequate to satisfy power users. Moreover, only applications compiled for Windows RT and distributed via the Windows Store will work. Unfortunately, many of these apps are touted as "junk."

McAllister cites a host of other problems, but the most serious is the fact that other hardware makers don't appear to have bought into Windows RT. The reverse is happening. In fact, manufacturers such as Samsung have publicly pulled back from making Windows RT devices and Acer has delayed its launch until the second quarter of 2013 "at the earliest."

Ultimately, it is still too early to determine if Windows RT will gain in popularity or fall away into obscurity. For now though, it is certainly off to a very rocky start.

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