Originally Posted by Negafox
Surface RT and Windows 8 RT run on ARM-based devices and do not support desktop applications. Imagine all your Steam games and existing Windows apps being effectively unsupported. I cannot imagine why it failed so miserably.
As with most things, not supporting their main OS isn't the problem. The iPad doesn't support OS X applications either. The problem is that there isn't a need for RT. People who want tablets using power efficient ARM have Android and iOS to choose from. Both have lots of app support. Why choose an RT tablet unless you're a Microsoft supporter?
The other problem is in Microsoft thinking that people want an iPad competitor in quality and price. Obviously, they don't. By cutting the price by so much, we can see that they finally understand that—perhaps. The problem is that their tablets really are well made. No matter what else we say about them, the hardware is well done. But that's a problem with the price cut. Either they are just barely breaking even, or are losing on every sale.
That's not maintainable. Since Microsoft developed those as a reference design, in a sense, coming out with an actually cheaper model may not rest well. This is always a problem for a company. If these sold well enough, for the price, Microsoft could come out with less expensive ones later. A high end line, and a moderate line. But with the drastic price cut, that destroys that idea. How can they come out with a $350 RT tablet that's more cheaply made when this one sells for that price now?
And we're seeing the very few third party RT tablets disappear from production, as their only differential with their cheaper build, was price. That's gone away now.
Of course, if Microsoft decides this is crucial to their future, they will find some way towards continued support. Remember the Xbox. While we read article after article about how it's been a success for them, it's cost them $9.5 billion in losses over the years. That's possibly a success for gamers who use it, but it's a failure for Microsoft, who has to suck down those losses.
Then we have Bing. It's also costing them hundreds of millions in losses every year. And those losses have gotten larger as they need to pay more for each search. Now, it's incorporated into Win 8. No apparent way to get rid of it. They've learned their lesson from Netscape, where they claimed IE was an integral part of the OS, but wasn't. I can only imagine that at some point, Google will protest the bundling, and rightly so. What will happen to Win 8, RT and Win Phone if the EU decides it must be removable, and replaceable with a third party search engine? What if it happens here as well. Since the Feds have stopped looking over their shoulder, as per their agreement, Microsoft has been getting bolder.