Intel’s new mobile-friendly chipsets and Microsoft’s changes to Windows 8 pose a further setback for the struggling Windows RT platform for ARM-based tablets and other portable devices. Windows RT has already failed to gain traction due to a compromised value proposition, but now the fledgling platform is in serious danger of premature death unless Microsoft and its OEMs significantly step up their marketing. This would be a huge setback for ARM chip vendors, which were hoping to use the platform as an entry point to the Windows ecosystem. It will also harm Microsoft’s ambitions to move away from its legacy desktop environment.
Windows RT has been a tough sell