In the fall of 2012, five companies offered tablets or PCs that ran on Microsoft's new ARM-based Windows RT. Now just one company is actively selling such a product and it happens to be Microsoft. This week, the last remaining third party Windows RT hardware provider, Dell, stopped selling its lone product that used the OS, the XPS 10.
Dell's online store now lists the XPS 10 as being "unavailable" and offers the Windows 8-based Latitude 10 tablet as a possible alternative. Earlier this year, Neil Hand, the head of Dell's tablet and high-end PC business, stated the company still plans to introduce new Windows RT devices, but so far, it has yet to make any such product announcements. A long term strategy that involves alienating manufacturing partners and confusing consumers? Microsoft tried to compete with Android and iOS with a product that was more expensive and had a much more limited ecosystem - the biggest advantage it had was Office and even that was simply a poorly ported version of the desktop version rather than the dedicated touch-version that customers expected.