Meanwhile, Microsoft and Fujitsu Ltd. recently paraded a major win for its Windows 8 tablets.
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company in Japan will switch its 30,000 Windows XP machines to custom Fujitsu Windows 8 Pro tablets. The new mobile devices will be used by the insurance company's 30,000 sales employees. Emirates airline deployed Hewlett-Packard's ElitePad for its flight-attendant airline application.
The Japanese win is good news for Microsoft, as Windows 8 has yet to gain any strong traction in the enterprise for either the desktop or tablets.
Despite the large Windows 8 tablet deal for Microsoft and Fujitsu, it's clear that Microsoft's Surface RT, and Windows RT platform for that matter, has yet to make any dent in the market. In addition, Microsoft faces a class-action suit for not disclosing the lackluster success related to Surface RT, which caused Microsoft to take a $900 million inventory charge for Surface RT during its fourth fiscal quarter.
Companies such as Asus recently pulled its support for future Windows RT ARM-based products, citing the platform's lack of success. This is in contrast to graphics chip maker Nvidia Corp., which continues to openly voice its support for the Windows RT platform.