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Microsoft partners likely to ditch Windows RT tablet

Following on from our report yesterday, it looks as if other Microsoft partners may ditch their plans to produce Windows RT tablet computers. Toshiba have already pulled out which has set the industry wheels in motion as other Microsoft partners analyse the potential for ‘failure’.

Sources in Taipei who we spoke with a few hours ago say that Windows RT tablet computers may end up being a ‘Microsoft exclusive’ due to software compatibility concerns and weak performance. The main issue however for the partners is the competition from the Microsoft Surface, as the software giant will be able to undercut their partners on pricing.

Toshiba have already backed down from Windows RT tablet development and are using the claims of ‘component supply’ as a tactical reason for withdrawal.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. More partners likely to abandon the Windows RT tablet platform.

Other insiders are saying that the development of Windows RT devices is troublesome, especially with software driver issues in the early stages. Reports indicate that Windows RT feels ‘sluggish’ especially when compared against the more powerful Intel hardware running on Windows 8.

Kitguru says: Microsoft may have no competition from their partners in the Windows RT tablet sector. This could seriously damage them, long term.

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