Originally Posted by BWinmill
Thing is, Windows RT and Windows 8 are different beasts. Windows RT offers the advantages of a mobile OS, but only supports a subset of the applications available for Windows. Windows 8 supports most of the applications developed for Windows over the years, but is a clumsy mobile OS.
On top of that, I suspect that vendors and consumers are taking advantage of this shift to mobile devices. I suspect that a lot of people want to see the cruft that has accumulated in desktop operating systems over the years to disappear.
They are not really different beasts. RT looks and feels exactly like Windows 8, the only difference is in what apps it will run and the hardware required to run it.
You do make a good point about the "cruft". Consumers usually don't care about all the legacy stuff. However businesses don't want to have to upgrade every application they use. Microsoft is in a tough situation.