17 March 2013
Why RT is the necrosis of Microsoft (cut it off)
As a fan of Paul ‘MacGvyer’ Thurrott, of twit.tv fame, I was pleased on many occasions to hear him agree that RT was not very good, however, recently views have contradicted this and hints of some ‘saveability; have been alluded to being possible.
Paul is not responsible for RT but it got me a bit curious why anyone would hold this view and made me think for some reason of the great adventurer / writer Ranuplh Fiennes.
In 2009, when explorer Fiennes became the oldest person to climb Mt Everest at 65, and later the oldest to stroll solo around the north pole alone, he eventually got necrosis in some of his fingers and cut them off himself. Cutting off his fingers did not take away from him being one of the greatest adventures of all times (and a damn good writer as well).
I see Windows RT as Microsoft’s own necrosis. A perhaps well-conceived idea, poorly communicated, poorly delivered and poorly priced. Having recently purchased the average Asus ME400C Tablet, I realized very quickly that currently Windows 8 is not happy in tablet form. It needs a keyboard and a mouse to survive. Try entering a URL in the browser a few times scroll around any website, to read something, and you might start wanting to question your own digits, or eyes as to the awkwardness of it all. Or pick up an iPad or a Android Nexus 10.
The real issue here if nothing else is price. The Asus ME400C, a great device ( that is had it been released 12 or 24 months ago) but is priced $80 less than an RT device. Running the full version of Windows 8, I am not sure why anyone would want RT if well informed, and something the media (including PMT) seems to have missed.
If Microsoft was to have released RT and Pro (full Win8) at the same time it could be viewed as a 2 different products for 2 different purposes and at 2 different price points. But with the eventual well staggered release dates, and the actual lower price point of full featured devices why would anyone on there right mind not think the 2nd is an evolution of the 1st.
If Microsoft is not careful (it might be too late already) RT will be their next Vista (though I was fan of Vista).
About the Author:
A pompous old guy, from Melbourne Oz, via Texas, California, and England, that was laughed at by his peers when he tried to stop them @ BT from enforcing a patent on the ‘http’ protocol, earned the name mrinternet, and for spite introduced business broadband on the world. Serves them right.
Thanks for the comments. As a 20 year veteran of the internet industry it is unfair to assume many will share my views nor my passion for the Internet I helped introduce. However, the thing I have the most aggravation on is that many Journos, including the trusted smart ones, feel compelled to often say Net Neutrality is only about the last mile, to the home not about the infrastructure, as far as they are concerned. Of course the next minute they are talking about netflix and the impact and peering and … infrastructure. I just cannot understand that as the Internet does not start at the last mile, why that is viewed as the issue. The original Wu paper in 2002 that started this, did not ignore the infrastructure it just did not understand it, and for goodness sakes Netflix was barely online, and shipping DVDs 99% when that paper was written. Netflix has been a game changer in the content side of the issue, but at last some clarity is coming from it. I will be writing another view on it soon thanks again.
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