Toshiba scraps plans to make Windows RT device

Toshiba has confirmed that it will not introduce a Windows RT device in the near future due to component constraints.

"Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible," the company said.

When asked for specifics, Toshiba said it does not share component information for confidentiality reasons.

"For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market," the company continued. "We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions."

Microsoft's Windows 8 OS has been designed with touch-screen mobile devices like tablets in mind. Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 that is optimised for the ARM-based processors that power the vast majority of tablets and smartphones currently on the market.

This week, Microsoft confirmed that Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung will be producing Windows RT devices. Asus already unveiled plans for a Windows RT-based device, dubbed the Tablet 600, at Computex earlier this summer. Microsoft will also be selling a Windows RT-based version of its upcoming Surface tablet.

The Redmond firm reportedly only gave its partners a heads up about the Surface several days before it was announced, and in a recent regulatory filing, the company admitted that its tablet might hurt its relationships with PC manufacturing partners. Acer, in particular, has had some choice words for Microsoft, while HP tabled plans for a Windows RT tablet in favour of a business slate using the version of Windows 8 optimised for x86-based chipsets.