Asus Is No Longer Going To Make Windows RT Tablets

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Jerry Shen, the chief executive officer at Asustek, said that the company will no longer manufacture Windows RT tablets.  Asus will make Windows 8 tablets that run on Intel X86 chips rather than ARM processors because those tablets has compatibility with older Windows applications.

“It’s not only our opinion; the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful,” stated Shen in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Last month, Microsoft wrote off $900 million due to steep discounts made on the Surface RT tablets.  Windows RT tablets hit a total of about 0.5% of the tablet market for Q2, according to IDC.  This means that only 200,000 shipped for the quarter, which is around the same amount shipped for the first quarter.  Microsoft and their partners shipped 1.8 million Windows 8 tablets though.  That is about 4% of the tablet market.