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Microsoft admits RT mistake

Cliff Saran

Microsoft has admitted that its RT operating system may have confused people, who expected full blown Windows.

Speaking at the UBS Global technology Conference, Julie Larson-Green, executive vice president, devices and studios at Microsoft,  said: "Windows RT was our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience. We should not have called it Windows.  How should we have made it more differentiated?  I think over time you'll see us continue to differentiate it more."

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She said the company offers three client  operating systems: Windows Phone OS Windows RT and full Windows. "We're not going to have three.  We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security."

When asked about the demise of the PC, Larson-Green said tablets would replace some PCs, but people would buy them as additional devices. 

"There will be desktop computers where people are doing precision movements with a mouse, as well as maybe something on your wrist, or something on your head, or something in your pocket that you will want to interact and see your emails, hear notifications, get access to corporate data that you need to do your job."

Although she did not reveal where Microsoft would be taking the newly acquired Nokia mobile phone business, she pointed out that the Nokia Lumia 1020 41 megapixel cameraphone is not integrated into the phone’s OS.  "So the Nokia camera is amazing, but it sits on top of the operating system. It doesn't integrate into in the experience the way you expect."


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