Since first using it, we’ve been puzzled by Windows RT.
In a world with Clover Trail—a chip that offers adequate performance and ARM-like power consumption while retaining compatibility with all the x86 software that’s out there—a version of Windows for ARM chips seemed to have little value.
One by one, the PC OEMs seem to be having similar thoughts. Asus was typically outspoken about it, saying that Windows RT was “not very promising.” Samsung put its Windows RT tablet on ice in March. Lenovo replaced its ARM Yoga 11 with the x86 Yoga 11S. And now Dell appears to have given up on the platform too, with its XPS 10 tablet now showing as unavailable in its online store.
This last loss is perhaps the most painful. The Dell tablet was aggressively priced and had been the star of one of Microsoft’s amusing Siri-trolling advertisements, but it looks as if even this promotional effort wasn’t enough to keep the thing around.