Microsoft currently seems to be the only company to sell Windows RT tablets, under the brand “Surface”. After the departure of several manufacturers from this new platform, Dell has also decided to discontinue selling the XPS 10, now listed as no longer available for sale.

Dell has declined to comment on its future plans for the Windows RT, but at an event scheduled on October 2, the company will be unveiling a new lineup of tablets. The manufacturer is suspected to introduce a new generation of Dell XPS 10 based on Intel Bay Trail that will run Windows 8.1.


Henceforth, Dell will join the group of Lenovo, ASUS and Samsung who had initially believed in Windows RT, but later chose to abandon the operating system because of very poor sales recorded by its tablets. In addition, HTC has also canceled the development of a Windows RT tablet.

However, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, has recently hinted that Windows RT will be the future of smartphones and small tablets:

Windows RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future.

Earlier this week, Microsoft had announced Surface 2, the first tablet based on Windows RT 8.1, and at present, no third-party vendor seems to be interested in offering Windows RT (8.1?) with their tablets. Meanwhile, Windows 8 and Android are still handy picks for the hardware manufacturers.


  1. Microsoft isn’t the only one that believes in Windows RT! I totally believe in it. Now, you have to be a Microsoft fan boy to believe in Windows RT. Its a Microsoft controlled eco-system.

  2. You know I compare Windows RT and the Surface RT to a Chromebook. They both have some basic function and are relatively inexpensive. They both use a proprietary App ecosystem and use ARM or low power hardware to reduce costs. They both lock you into a ecosystem and if your happy with their offerings then what’s the problem? I think the problem is that the Surface RT did not aggressively price the Surface from the start. Chromebook’s on the other hand have priced themselves for the market they attract. The low end user who expectations and demands are much lower. Now I think Microsoft has just tainted the market against them and Windows 8 RT or otherwise. I have no doubt the new Surface 2 RT will sell just as poorly in the long run as the first.


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