Microsoft set to give up on doomed Windows RT

Microsoft's ill-fated operating system, Windows RT, looks set to be scrapped by the software giant in order to focus on Windows Phone and "full-fat" Windows, according to a senior executive at the company.

Julie Larson-Green, executive vice-president of the Devices and Studio group, suggested that Microsoft was going to kill off Windows RT at a UBS seminar last week.

"Windows RT, was our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience, where it doesn't have all the flexibility of Windows, but it has the power of Office and then all the new style applications," Larson-Green said.

"So the goal was to deliver two kinds of experiences into the market, the full power of your Windows PC, and the simplicity of a tablet experience that can also be productive. That was the goal. Maybe not enough -- I think we didn't explain that super-well."

Windows RT, Microsoft's ARM version of Windows, was dropped by its final supporter Dell last month. This was seen by many as the final nail in the operating system's coffin. Neil Hand, head of tablets at Dell, said that RT had failed to "resonate" with users.

Larson-Green did not say when Windows RT would be abandoned, or even explicitly that it would be, but the comments implied that out of the three Windows operating systems, the unsuccessful RT was the least likely to survive.

"We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows," she said. "We're not going to have three. We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system."