More evidence Windows RT is dead as a doornail

No one will mourn the little-loved operating system.

nokia lumia 2520

The Nokia Lumia 2520

Credit: Mike Homnick/PC World

The RT-based Lumia 2520 is being discontinued by Microsoft, more evidence that Microsoft will kill off the ill-fated operating system. Here are all the reasons Windows RT will die.

The first reason it will die is probably the most important: as I've previously written, Windows RT won't be upgraded to Windows 10. RT will be upgrade with some features of Windows 10, Microsoft says, but it isn't saying which.

When Windows 10 comes out, Microsoft will let anyone with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices upgrade for free to Windows 10. That pointedly doesn't include anyone who has Windows RT devices.

Microsoft has made clear that Windows will become a unified operating system, including on traditional PCs and laptops, tablets, and phones. But it has left RT out of all that.

In addition, Computerworld reports that the Microsoft Store is out of the Surface 2 RT-based tablet, that none could be found at Best Buy, and that the only ones available on Amazon were refurbished ones, not new ones. There's no word when any new ones might be available for sale. Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, was blunt about the Surface 2's future when he told Computerworld, "Yes, it's dead."

And now Microsoft is stopping manufacturing of the RT-based Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet.

Windows RT was a thorough disaster for Microsoft. The company had to take a $900-million write-down because of unsold Surface tablets, and many people believe that Steve Ballmer was forced out of the company in large part because of that.

Clearly, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is doing the right thing in killing it. I know of no one who will mourn RT's demise, least of all me, and I own an RT-based Surface.

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