Windows RT: Who loves ya, baby?
The Web usage numbers are in: Windows RT can't get any traction, and Lenovo doesn't believe RT 'is what businesses want'
By Woody Leonhard
Microsoft insists that Windows RT has a grand and glorious future. But if the accumulated Web usage statistics from the past six months can be trusted (always a dicey proposition), the operating system doesn't even have a pulse. Adding insult to injury, Lenovo's Think PC and visual category manager says he doesn't believe Windows RT "is what businesses want."
Looks like consumers don't want it either.
I don't trust Net Marketshare's usage numbers, and neither should you. That said, it's hard to go below zero -- which is exactly where Windows RT's Internet usage share sits six months after it was released, according to Net Marketshare. Windows 8 pulls in a less than resounding 3.82 percent (I personally apologize for adding to that count), Windows 8 Touch rates an almost imperceptible and unmeasurable 0.02 percent, and Windows RT gets a big goose egg.
Mac fans will note that OS X 10 -- all versions in total -- runs 6.98 percent. Even lowly Vista draws 4.75 percent, considerably more than Windows 8.
Microsoft hasn't bothered to release any recent sales figures for Windows 8, much less Windows RT, but both products' fates seem pretty clear.
Patrick Budmar at PC World quotes Lenovo's Think PC and visual category manager Simon Kent as saying, "Even Microsoft has started to review the RT path they have gone down."
Though the article is overall negative on Windows 8, I think that can be safely ignored for now - Windows uptake is always slow and there will be a hockey stick growth after the first 2 or 3 quarters. I expect this after the release of Windows Blue.
But the casualty of Windows RT is a huge positive for Intel.