Acer was initially interested in releasing tablets running Windows RT, but its interest has waned, to the point where the company is vague about any plans to adopt this operating system.
In an interview last fall, Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters that his company was moving its planned RT device back. “Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year, but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious.”
The company now has apparently indefinitely postponed its plans for Windows RT. When Yves Cosendai, Acer’ product director for EMEA marketing, was asked about it at MWC by TabTimes, he said, “Windows RT is something we have in mind, but it’s all about when is the right time. As the user interface and availability of apps get better, we will consider it.”
Windows 8 Not Windows RT
Computers running Windows 8 are built around x86 processors, but Windows RT-based models use ARM chips. These are typically less expensive, but can’t run software created for Windows 7 and before.
Acer has released several models with Windows 8. It is using Android for its more consumer-oriented tablets.