I certainly hope rt isn't going away any time soon. I just convinced some higher up's in my company that rt is good for on-the-go business.
RT plus whatever merger is going to be fine.
Just looking at the Guardian article, you can see it's fraught with incompetent writing and poor critical thinking, basically just making news out of speculation. How anyone can take it seriously is beyond me--it's appropriate only as an amateur blog opinion piece, similar to mine, really. The lynchpin quote by Larson-Green is the whole "We're not going to have three." But that doesn't actually say anything when you think about it.
Look closely: The interview quotes the Guardian author uses as "evidence" are from third party people, especially from OEM counterparts who were pissed at MS for going into hardware with the Surface RT in the first place last year. Why would they want Windows RT to succeed? Of course they would want a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure as punishment, because they can say "We told you so." Windows 8, on the other hand, is a discrete product that is still firmly entrenched in multiple corporate products and isn't tethered to MS' Surface product the way Windows RT is to the Surface RT, which was Microsoft's first release--it was Jeff here who said, based on his conversations with MS at the launch, that the Surface RT line with WinRT actually represents the pure Windows experience of the future. I suppose I can see that.
Don't worry about it. With the software OS merge, it's an evolution, not abandonment. Jeff's conversations with MS are a lot more trustworthy in terms of Microsoft's intent to evolve away from the desktop MDI model, though I personally would stick to whatever "Pro" version if MS decides to leave MDI design to corporate/professional-level products.