As much as Microsoft might try to put a positive spin on things, there’s just no getting around the fact that the Surface RT tablet performed poorly – worse even than we’d imagined prior to release.
Now Ballmer suggests that Microsoft built too many Surface RTs, while adding that Windows devices on the whole are selling slower than he’d like.
That’s the story straight from Ballmer’s mouth, with quotes seemingly originating over at The Verge.
Apparently, at some sort of internal event earlier this week, Ballmer conceded: "We built a few more devices than we could sell.” Which of course explains that whopping $900 million hit.
Ballmer reportedly added: "We're not selling as many Windows devices as we want to," in reference to not just the Microsoft Surface RT, but Windows devices on the whole – including Windows Phone handsets.
The iPad currently accounts for around one-third of all tablet sales, with Samsung gradually gaining ground. Bringing up the rear are Asus, Acer and Amazon (third, fourth and fifth respectively), who managed just over 4 million sales between them in Q1 – less than half of Samsung’s 8.8 million, and way behind Apple’s 14.6 million.