Lord John Whorfin wrote:Total waste of money. RT is a massive failure and it's not selling. This is a fire sale for an orphan technology that has very little software available for it and will be abandoned soon. If you want a nice tablet, get an Android tablet or an iPad. If you have to have Windows, spend the money and get a Surface Pro, which is actually a good product, or a Windows 8 laptop. This is money pissed away.
This might be money pissed away -- but not because of Microsoft.
Windows RT isn't going away, and this is a sweet price point for it. The biggest thing almost all critics of Windows 8 RT blatantly ignore in their rush to bash Microsoft for screwing up (another) launch is that Windows RT is equipped with a FULL version of Internet Explorer 10. The version on RT is exactly the same as the desktop version - which means it runs flash, and displays all web content as you're accustomed to seeing it on a real computer.
This gets glossed over despite the fact that about 80% of the apps everyone loves to have a pissing contest over exist in large part to get around the fact that you can't access the real Internet. Granted, some apps give you a better experience than the real Web does. But most do not.
Further, Windows 8 RT has almost-complete versions of Microsoft Office pre-installed. Not pseudo-office, not QuickOffice -- Microsoft Office. The only thing missing is Exchange integration for Outlook -- and that is coming relatively soon, supposedly with Windows 8.1.
So when you are evaluating Windows 8 RT, ask yourself how many "apps" when using a computer with access to real Internet pages and real Microsoft Office. And since Microsoft has almost every major service (Netflix, Splashtop, etc) covered, ask yourself if you really need more.
All that said, Asus and other PC manufacturers seem to be bailing on RT. They are blaming Microsoft (which certainly deserves some of the blame for not waiting until Windows RT and Windows 8 were more complete before rushing them out the door). The PC makers should really be blaming themselves for putting a cutting-edge OS on crappy, previous-generation hardware, charging iPad-like prices for their crap, charging extra for the docks/keyboards (which of course are the single biggest reason people choose these over iPad and Android tablets), and expecting us to buy their leftovers for $400+ dollars. That's why Microsoft built the Surface: they saw what the PC makers were building for Windows 8, and they were so horrified they built their own hardware.
This device probably won't be supported, and it seems that Asus support in general has fallen off considerably. But at this price, it might be worth the gamble -- and Windows 8 RT isn't going away anytime soon no matter what the doomsayers say. For every Microsoft Zune, there's a Microsoft XBox. Kin aside, Microsoft is not a company well-known for rapid abandonment of major products within one year after launch.