Michael Dell has announced that the company he founded will not be releasing a Windows RT version of their next line of Vertue tablets because it did not support the same legacy software available with the full Windows 8 software.
Dell has announced the launch of four new tablet devices, two of which run Android while the other two run the full version of the Windows 8 operating system. When pressed on the matter, Michael Dell said that they would not be supporting Windows RT, effectively a pared down version of the operating system designed specifically for use on mobile devices, because it was too limited and did not offer support for legacy software that was offered with the full version.
Michael Dell is currently in the process of taking over the company he founded and he has said that they will be concentrating their efforts on the business market rather than the personal market. With Windows RT having limited software available, it would seem a sensible if somewhat bold approach to completely ignore it.
The Dell Venue 7 and 8 are Android based versions of the new tablet and have 7” and 8” screens respectively. They will ship with the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version of the Android operating system with an update to 4.4 KitKat coming at some unspecified point in the future.
The Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, once again named according to screen size, are not only bigger but utilise the Windows 8 operating system rather than Android or the sleeker Windows RT.
The Pro tablets are multi-purpose. They can be used as a tablet, as a laptop with a keyboard attached, or even as a desktop computer once docked. 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a choice of either Core I or Bay Trail CPU (choose the former for greater access to better software). What’s more, the 11” Pro tablet will start at a reasonable £419 when it is available in the UK making it a decent proposition for anybody that is looking for this kind of multi-purpose device.
Dell may be undergoing some changes in structure, but it seems that a more pointed direction could help to reidentify themselves and to release a range of high quality machines. They have lost their way slightly in recent years but in the new Venue machines, and the fact that they have ignored Windows RT, Dell are making a statement of intent.