Lenovo doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of Microsoft’s Windows RT platform. According to Lenovo Think PC and Visual Category Manager Simon Kent, Windows RT is not what businesses want. Instead, businesses want the ‘full version of Windows.’
Lenovo has chosen to use Windows 8 for its hybrid notebook/tablet device called the ThinkPad Helix, citing Windows 8 as an operating system that is not ‘cut down’ like Windows RT is, and that Windows 8 was the only logical choice. “This is particularly true for a premium product such as Helix, which gives you the performance and capability of a full Ultrabook as well as a business tablet,” Kent adds.
“We don’t believe that Windows RT is what businesses want,” Kent states. He adds that even Microsoft is ‘reviewing’ their stance on Windows RT. Kent touted the ThinkPad Helix as a device with ‘full Windows experience’ and will likely not be cheap once it hits. Rather, the device will be a ‘very good tool’ for businesses that require a ultrabook/manageable tablet device.
According to recent data from NetApplications, Windows 8 holds a 3.82% market share in the desktop operating system arena as of April 2013, up by 0.65% compared to March of 2013. Windows 8 RT Touch actually dropped from 0.02% market share to 0% share, while Windows 8 Touch remained at 0.02%.