Partners Reportedly Reluctant To Develop Windows RT Products

Windows RT is yet to gain the traction Microsoft would have hoped for, but the technology titan continues to push its weight behind the fledging new platform.

The company is already working on bringing several major new improvements and enhancements to the platform that will be rolled out as part of the Blue update cycle, which will kick into the next gear on June 26 at the BUILD developer conference.

This is in addition of the next generation Surface slate that is widely expected to be powered by the upcoming Windows RT 8.1.

But reports are coming in that Microsoft partners are not particular impressed with Redmond’s tablet oriented operating system. Several hardware makers are either showing reluctance, or have outright refused to developer products based on Windows RT.

The results of all this is that Microsoft’s second generation Surface tablet may be the only tablet running Windows RT 8.1 for the foreseeable future — this could ultimately have a dramatic effect on sales.

Bear in mind that this is just a report citing insiders. How things play out in real life remains to be seen.

Hardware vendors, however, have shown some reservations when it comes to Windows RT products. Some, like Samsung, have been outright and blunt in their decision. While others like Acer have started focusing on Intel Atom powered devices powered by the full version of Windows 8.

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