Microsoft is fully shutting down Windows RT, as the company had previously hinted. The official word came Monday as Microsoft announced that both of the remaining tablets that run Windows RT would be cancelled indefinitely. Originally, the Lumia 2520 was launched in 2013, and was the one that was particularly surprising to see go. Microsoft had a number of these devices floating around their online store, and there was no major price cut indicated from Microsoft. The same goes for the Surface 2, which was also was confirmed to be cancelled as well.
Microsoft had very high expectations of the Windows RT lineup, but it really never lived up to the hype. Instead, the company struggled to make the brand relevant, and really did a poor job of executing any profitable or countable sales throughout the time it was in stores. This though was seen coming by many, as the company noted that no official update to Windows 10 would be available for these devices. Interestingly though, they would get minor upgrades to feature some of the updates that would be present in Windows 10.
Both of these devices were thought to be better performers with gaming and an increased focus on performance. However, that simply didn’t happen. The devices struggled on all fronts, and now Microsoft is looking to cut their losses on the devices. Most companies that were producing these devices gave up last year – as Dell, Asus, Samsung, and Lenovo all cut Windows RT tablets from their lineups. This though shows the overwhelming decline in tablets globally. The demand simply is not there, for any company, and for companies like Microsoft who is already trying to prioritize and restructure themselves to be better fit to find success in the future – this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Microsoft will be offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for those users who are running Windows 7 or 8, but now those with ARM-based tablets will need to go back to the drawing board – to figure out what direction they should actually go.