It definitely seems that Microsoft has lost the battle with its Microsoft Windows RT systems sporting the stripped down version of its Windows 8 software.
After today Microsoft announced that it was making a $900 million “inventory adjustment” charge for its Surface RTs, parts and accessories on July 18th 2013.
Windows RT is a variant of the Windows 8 operating system designed for mobile devices which utilise the ARM architecture and was first unveiled by Microsoft back in CES 2011.
The Windows RT version of Windows 8 lacking certain features and compatibility in comparison to Windows versions for x86 (Intel-compatible) processors and has received mixed reviews since its launch.
However the $900 million Windows RT write-down was completely overshadowed by the results from other well performing sections of Microsoft’s business.
“Office 365 — the Microsoft subscription service via which it provides Office client and hosted Office server apps. Office 365 is now on a $1.5 billion run rate, up from the $1 billion run rate it hit in Q3 FY2013. Another that got eclipsed: Windows Phone — plus Android patent licensing — increased $222 million for the quarter.”