Lenovo drops Yoga 11 hybrid with Windows RT from online sales

Analysts say Lenovo is joining a number of companies stepping away from Windows RT

By , IDG News Service |  

"I think you'll see most vendors of RT tablets move in the same direction as Lenovo. RT tablets have not been selling well at all," Gold said.

Lenovo is now promoting Yoga 11S with Windows 8, and the trick for such tablets and hybrids will be to meet the price points that RT allowed, Gold said.

"New Intel chips should help get the battery/power down so vendors can achieve parity with iPads and other ARM tablets," Gold said.

Any momentum Windows RT had in the past is gone, and the lack of Windows backward compatibility hurt its position with consumers and potential business users alike, said Tim Bajarin, president at Creative Strategies, in an e-mail.

"We are also seeing less commitment to RT from the OEMs who realize that there is little demand for this OS," Bajarin said. "While RT may live on, it will never realize the success Microsoft, ARM and those that supported it had hoped for."

IDC in April said that Windows RT tablet shipments have been poor, and hardware makers have voiced concerns about the operating system's fate. Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also said he was disappointed with the poor response to Windows RT, while Acer's president Jim Wong said the company will make a final decision on whether to release an RT tablet after the release of Windows RT 8.1 OS later this year.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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