| ||Thread Tools|
|19th December 2012, 07:59||#1|
Join Date: May 2010
Dell told Ballmer to call Windows RT something else
The shy and retiring Microsoft CEO Steve "sounds of silence" Ballmer was told in no uncertain terms that he should have a re-think about the name "Windows RT" for the ARM version of Windows 8.
The head of Dell's PC business, Jeffrey Clarke told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that the name "Windows RT" was pants.
He said that since the operating system did not run traditional Windows software the name would be confusing for users.
According to the Australian Financial Review Clarke, also told analysts what he thought of the name Windows RT.
He said he warned Ballmer not to use the Windows brand name on RT which is designed to run on ARM-based tablets, Windows RT runs only Windows Store, or Metro, apps.
Ballmer apparently shrugged and said that the Windows brand was too important not to be used in the new name. After all Microsoft made Windows, it could not be seen as making something else.
However it turns out that Clarke was right. There have been some consumers who've picked up the Surface RT tablet have been confused.
Vole has had to change its return policies for people who buy Surface RT only to find out that they can't run standard Windows software on it.
The Financial Review makes the point that if Ballmer had listened to Dell, he could have avoided one of the major criticisms of its new operating system. That is that Windows RT looks so much like Windows 8 it's too easy for a consumer to mistakenly buy a Windows RT device, not realising it's not a regular Windows device.
It makes matters a little worse that Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7, and customers might think that RT just does not run their old software because of that rather than the reality that is running a different chip.
Microsoft is finding that customers do not want to be "educated" about the products they buy and they are not going to read any instruction manual. Instead they will just buy something else.
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Ballmer wants a new Windows every year||Stefan Mileschin||WebNews||0||3rd December 2012 09:31|
|Is Windows 8 A Make-Or-Break Moment For Ballmer?||Stefan Mileschin||WebNews||0||25th October 2012 07:35|
|Dell to Continue to Offer Windows 7 After Windows 8 Launch||Stefan Mileschin||WebNews||0||16th October 2012 07:12|
|Oracle told to pay Google a cool million||Stefan Mileschin||WebNews||0||7th September 2012 06:45|
|Psystar loses appeal in battle with Apple, told to ditch Mac clones for-ev-ver||Stefan Mileschin||WebNews||0||30th September 2011 08:12|
|Microsoft's Steve Ballmer says '400 million Windows 7 licenses sold'||jmke||WebNews||0||12th July 2011 15:15|
|Microsoft's Ballmer: ARM? There's a Windows PC OS for That||jmke||WebNews||0||7th January 2011 12:29|
|Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reflects on Windows Vista||jmke||WebNews||0||18th April 2008 18:28|
|Next version of Windows: Call it 7||Sidney||WebNews||0||21st July 2007 00:54|