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A high-ranking executive from Toshiba’s Australian branch has criticized Microsoft Corp. for releasing two incompatible operating systems under Windows brand last year. Despite carrying the same brand, Windows 8 and Windows RT are completely different platforms with diverse capabilities. In a bid not to confuse its customers, Toshiba only offers Windows 8-based products.

“I think one of the challenges is, there was a lot of confusion with Windows 8, my personal view is that they (Microsoft) confused the market with a couple of different – Windows 8 and Windows RT – flavors,” said Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia, in an interview with The Australian news-paper (excepts from which were republished by Cnet News and ZDnet).

Windows RT is a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system compatible with ARM-architecture application processors and incompatible with the vast majority of programs developed for Windows, something that clearly discourages anyone from using it. Given the fact that it carries Windows name, it confuses many buyers as people expect compatibility with their applications. Many PC makers, including Toshiba and Samsung, decided not to offer Windows RT-based devices early in the lifecycle of the OS so to avoid the misunderstandings.

Sales of Windows RT have been pretty slow. Moreover, price differences between ARM/Windows RT-based hardware and x86/Windows 8-powered products was high enough to stall sales of the latter too. Moreover, the slow start of Windows 8 systems was also conditioned by the fact that stores were selling Windows 7-based PCs with huge discounts.

In Australia, Toshiba this week launched a new range of Windows 8 devices ? some 25 ultrabooks, notebooks, tablets and all-ion-one computers that will go on sale in Australia from next month.

Tags: Toshiba, Windows, Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows RT

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"Condemns"

'You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.'
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/09/13 03:02:04 PM]
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No, it is a perfectly correct use of the word. I am a native speaker of English. It is Americans who often don't use the language correctly therefore speaking a dialect called American English.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/10/13 06:25:53 AM]
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That would be an exceedingly difficult linguistics argument to make, but aside from that, pray tell how "confusing the market" could possibly be translated as "condemned":

“I think one of the challenges is, there was a lot of confusion with Windows 8, my personal view is that they (Microsoft) confused the market with a couple of different – Windows 8 and Windows RT – flavors,” said Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia....
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/10/13 07:55:48 AM]
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Adding a bit of Shakespearean English doesn't change your misunderstanding. Your argument is not one of linguistics. It is one of politics. That aside, I agree with Toshiba. But I'll go out on a limb to say that Windows 8 is a good operating system. Aspects of it borrow heavily from Gnome 3. However, the people were not ready for it. Will they be ready for Windows 8 SE? I can't say because the base of computer users has increased since Windows 95 and the proliferation of the internet to now include a sizable group of morons who only do Facecrap, Twidiot, YouTug and shop for shoes online.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/11/13 01:27:59 AM]
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Not sure why this didn't show up as a reply, but... one more time:

Bah... I forgot to respond to this until I saw this tab was still open. The linguistics argument was about the "native speaker of English" comment. Either way, the comments by the Toshiba rep are hardly a "condemnation," no matter how you slice it.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/30/13 01:54:57 PM]
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Bah... I forgot to respond to this until I saw this tab was still open. The linguistics argument was about the "native speaker of English" comment. Either way, the comments by the Toshiba rep are hardly a "condemnation," no matter how you slice it.
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