Toshiba Cancels Windows RT Devices on Delay in Getting Parts

Toshiba Corp. (6502) canceled previously announced plans to sell computer and tablet devices based on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows RT operating system because of a delay in getting components.

Toshiba will concentrate on the alternative Windows 8 software that works on Intel Corp. technology, it said today in an e-mailed statement. Toshiba had been planning to use processors from Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN) based on ARM Holdings Plc technology for the RT devices.

The Japanese computer-maker’s decision is a blow to Microsoft’s plans to use the new software and chips normally found in mobile phones to combat the dominance of Apple Inc.’s iPad.

“Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Eric Paulsen, a U.S-based spokesman, said in the statement. “For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions.”

The message didn’t specify what components Toshiba couldn’t get.

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