Dell has opted not to release a Windows RT device among its latest lineup of tablets and laptops.
Dell said the software had failed to 'resonate' with its customers because it did not support legacy software available to the full Windows 8 OS.
The firm is in the process of being taken over by a group led by its founder,
He plans to stop its shares being publicly traded and refocus Dell's operations on business-targeted software and services rather than consumer-focused hardware.
However, the company said it would continue to sell devices in order to provide its customers with an "end-to-end solution".
"We're not going to put all our eggs into different baskets--what we have to do is focus on our strengths,"
"We've focused our attention on the Windows 8.1 operating system because that's where the majority of the applications are [in the] segment that we're after, which is the commercial consumer environment.
"RT, even by
Griffin added that there had been resistance from corporate IT departments to the idea of supporting what was effectively another operating system on top of the various releases of the main Windows OS.
Windows RT was launched under a year ago.
It is designed for machines powered by ARM-based processors rather than the x86 chip architecture used by
ARM's designs tend to deliver longer battery life at a cheaper price, but its chips need Windows programs to be recompiled to be able to run them.
New software can only be added to Windows RT devices via
That has meant there has been no way to install high-profile programs such as the iTunes media library, the Chrome and
Dell continues to offer the XPS 10 table, which uses Windows RT in some markets, but said it would only do so until its factories had used up all the relevant components.
It launched the Surface 2 in September having previously posted a
According to market research company IDC, Windows RT only accounted for a 0.5 percent share of global tablet shipments in the April-to-June quarter.
Windows 8 itself had a 4-percent share. By contrast,
"The Windows RT concept seems to have fizzled out," said
"It lacks even the redeeming features of a Windows 8 tablet which can run all the legacy apps.
"There remains a lot of appeal to being able to take existing Windows applications out with you on a mobile device."
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