Asus , Nvidia pile on Microsoft over its struggling Windows RT OS
Taiwanese device maker Asus and chip-maker Nvidia are the latest tech companies to have piled on Microsoft over its struggling Windows RT operating system --- while Asus has revealed that it will not make another Windows RT-based tablet, Nvidia has implied in a statement that its Tegra sales had suffered a blow from Windows RT issues.
It was soon after Asus' reporting of its second-quarter earnings on August 9 that Asus CEO Jerry Shen told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the company plans to shun Windows RT software - the Windows 8 version that has been designed to run on devices powered by ARM-designed systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) - for its forthcoming tablets.
Shen told the WSJ that Asus is not the only device-maker to have been disappointed with the not-too-heartening response to Windows RT; and added that "the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful."
So far as Nvidia's decision is concerned, the chip-maker's executives have indirectly blamed the lower-than-anticipated sales of Windows RT devices for the precipitous plunge in the company's revenue from its Tegra chip business.
However, unlike Asus, Nvidia is not yet planning to totally give up on the Windows RT OS. Nvidia's President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently told Cnet that the chip-maker was working together with Microsoft on the next generation of the Surface RT tablet, which will be powered by Nvidia's ARM-based Tegra SoC.
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