It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet operating system has been a resounding failure with the company’s Surface tablet selling in low quantities and the platform lacking crucial Windows applications. Acer has realised that and thus refrained from making a tablet featuring the OS.
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Jimmy Wong, Acer’s president, said at last week’s Acer Touch event in New York City that the company’s “ plan for the RT tablet is ongoing.” The company’s plans for launching a Windows RT offering has been delayed indefinitely as “there’s no value doing the current version of RT,” according to Wong. Wong confirmed that the company will be focussing on Android and Windows 8 tablets with the launch of the budget-friendly Iconia A1 Android tablet. He predicts that sales of Windows 8 tablets will increase in the second half of the year and Acer will be amping up support for the platform, is that a hint at Windows Blue, Mr Wong?
The company’s upcoming Iconia W3 is expected to be quite competitive with the likes of the Apple iPad Mini and Asus Google Nexus 7 when it launches later this year.