Over the last few days, we’ve been able to pretty much put to bed the idea of a Nokia Windows RT Tablet release date happening in 2013. What’s more, we’ve also been reliably informed that the upcoming 2013 HP Tablet will in all likelihood be built around Android, rather than Hewlett Packard’s usual partnership with Windows.
Fair enough, but cast your mind back a month or so and you’ll remember that South Korean giant Samsung also confirmed that it had thrown out the idea of releasing a Windows RT tablet this year or perhaps in any year to follow. And while the both Nokia and HP haven’t really gone into graphic detail as to the motivation behind their decisions, Samsung was clearly and significantly turned-off by the general poor performance of Windows tablet, namely the Microsoft Surface Pro and RT.
The Samsung Ativ Tab became one of the most hotly-anticipated devices in recent history upon its announcement and most had expected a release date to be announced early this year. The Ativ Tab was destined to run Windows RT, which is the sort of low-calorie version of Windows 8 that’s been designed around tablets and Smartphones.
However, Samsung has enjoyed reasonable success in the tablet PC market over recent years and built a decent enough reputation – in turn making the company’s refusal to try our Windows RT all the more significant. And now having been joined by the likes of Nokia and Hewlett Packard, the slap in the face delivered to Microsoft ever since its Surface Tablets hit the shelves last fall looks set to continue.
Some are arguing that it is too early to accurately predict the success or otherwise of Windows RT and the Surface Tablets for the long-run, but speaking from a realistic standpoint, aren’t the early days supposed to be the most exciting, most lucrative and most tempting for developers and consumers alike to jump on the bandwagon?
Instead, the industry and consumer exodus away from Windows RT and Windows Tablets seems to be a growing one…something that doesn’t exactly spell the brightest of futures for the platform.