Windows RT, the version of Windows that runs on ARM processors, has gotten off to a slow start. But high-level company executives are still bullish about it.
Speaking with investors and the press last night, Julie Larson-Green, who heads up development of Microsoft’s Surface tablet line, admitted that the past year had been a learning experience, but compared the tepid response to the Windows RT-based version of the Surface to the weak sales of the first-generation Xbox.
Larson-Green pointed out that the addition of Outlook to Windows RT 8.1 should increase sales of devices running this upcoming operating system. She also touted the long battery lives of devices that run on ARM-based processors.
Expect More ARM-Based Windows Tablets
At the same event, Terry Myerson, the man in charge of Microsoft’s operating systems group, said “[Surface] RT was our first ARM tablet. And as phones extend into tablets, expect us to see many more ARM tablets, Windows ARM tablets in the future.”
Earlier this year, Microsoft started allowing hardware manufacturers to make Windows tablets smaller than 10 inches. Microsoft itself is expected to introduce an 8-inch Surface Mini running Windows RT before the end of this year.
And even as Windows tablets are getting smaller, Windows phones are becoming larger: Nokia recently began offering one with a 5-inch screen.
As part of these trends, Microsoft is working to enable apps written for Windows, Windows RT, or Windows Phone to run on any of this company’s other platforms.