“RT” Shipments ~2million Sales to End-users ~400K

How the mighty art fallen. M$, one of the richest corporations on the planet brings out a flagship product with reception worse than Raspberry PI (~1million sold, pre-orders sold out in a day by a registered charity.)…

see Windows RT shipments less than half of targets, say Taiwan makers.

It just goes to show that yet another pointless consumer product doesn’t stand a chance against FLOSS on decent hardware unless exclusive deals are made.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to “RT” Shipments ~2million Sales to End-users ~400K

  1. eug says:

    How two volunteers built the Raspberry Pi’s operating system

    arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/how-two-volunteers-built-the-raspberry-pis-operating-system/

  2. MK says:

    “Mr. Pogson is Canadian, not American.”

    Well, last time I checked, Canada was a part on North America, but you are right, I should not have asumed all Americans have trouble with 7 digit numbers, because of a Canadian. :~)

  3. George Hostler says:

    Mr. Pogson is Canadian, not American.

  4. George Hostler says:

    MK: “I didn’t know 2,000,000 was less then 700,000. If that’s how all Americans count, perhaps I should move there, and work in a money exchange business.”

    Well, for one, Robert Pogson is Canadian, not American. Also, I believe the point is that a relatively small entity known as Raspberry garnered 700K in sales with open source OS. The Taiwan tablet makers were hoping on 4 million with Microsoft’s RT OS, but fell short by 2 million.

    That article further states, “The far below originally expected sales performance for Windows RT tablets is mainly because a large number of applications are not compatible with Windows RT and sales prices are relatively high, the sources said. […] Microsoft has offered incentives to invite vendors launching Windows RT tablets to participate in development of second-generation Windows RT models, but these vendors have so far been unwilling to do so, the sources said.”

    Consumers aren’t going for the RT tablets, preferring others, IMO. Vendors are showing a reluctance in supporting Windows RT. Hence I believe this is the premise of Mr. Pogson’s blog.

  5. MK says:

    I didn’t know 2,000,000 was less then 700,000. If that’s how all Americans count, perhaps I should move there, and work in a money exchange business.

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