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A Refreshed Surface RT Won't Change Anything for Microsoft

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed to CNET that the company is "working really hard" on a second-generation Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Surface RT.

In his typical outspoken fashion, Huang thinks a big issue surrounding the first-generation Surface RT was that it lacked Microsoft Outlook at launch, which he believes is "the killer app for Windows." Coupled with an upcoming Windows RT 8.1 update that'll integrate Microsoft Outlook, the hope is that the new Surface RT will be better received the second time around.

However, Fool contributor Steve Heller thinks that a software update and product refresh won't fix the structural issues associated with Windows RT. Check out the video below to get his full thoughts.

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  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 9:51 PM, kellenbmiller wrote:

    I would like to see Microsoft succeed. They have a great idea. My first thought was that is was overpriced. I think they needed to eat the hardware not the software. But since they are confused about what made them successful. They might need to look at the bigger picture. It might be that they are held to certain fees because they are a public company. I am not sure. Or that they do not know just what will give them substantial market share over night. As for there phone The Metro interface might have been a back step. Give me a page that sends me into a Iphone theme. And a page that lays out apps like the Android. And so on. They need to give it multiple pages. And allow scrolling up or down. That is my thought.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 10:01 PM, techy46 wrote:

    There are no structural (software) issues with the Surface RT or Windows RT. It's a generational issue that Apple and Android users do not produce anything with their PC's, yes smart phones and tablets are PC's, while Windows users do not need a touch based user interface to produce things. Windows users will slowly adopt Windows 8 touch based devices to replace or supplement their Windows 7 or XP devices but not at any explosive rate. Consumers user PC's to consumer content not develop or produce it.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 11:17 PM, hawkhell wrote:

    RT does everything Android and Apple tablets do plus more. RT is only behind on apps but there are a ton of apps for the Windows store and its growing fast. I would never buy an RT device or a normal tablet for that matter since my phone can play all the games I want, my Surface Pro helps me do big boy stuff on the go.

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2013, at 7:34 AM, flybywire54 wrote:

    Put RT on a 7" tablet with outlook and support for POP3 email servers , price it 200-250$ and make it available everywhere and it will sell .

    Surface RT was overpriced and poorly distributed .

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