Being anti-Windows is just the latest of the many hats I've been accused of wearing over the years.
And with that in mind, here's another feather to stick in it – or an arrow, maybe: analysts believe Microsoft Surface RT sales so far are almost certainly under a million, and could be as low as 230,000.
It starts with IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander telling CNET this week that of around 1.25m Surface RT tablets Microsoft is said to have shipped in Q4 2012, its estimates suggested actual sales “were significantly lower, maybe on the order of 55 to 60 percent of that figure”.
In terms of actual numbers, that works out at 687,500 to 750,000 units.
Then comes a Barron's round-up of broader analyst opinion on Microsoft latest earnings report, which also includes some Surface RT sales predictions. To sum up, Citigroup says 700,000 to 800,000, Raymond James says 1 million, JP Morgan says 600,000 to 800,000, while Goldman Sachs calculates the number could be as little as 230,000.
Going with the notion of consensus, then, the iSuppli estimate seems about right.
As for the broader outlook for the Surface going forward, it's obvious that the addition of the Surface Pro and the wider availability of the Microsoft tablet both in terms of territory and retail channels selling it will see the figures increase.
And looking at the current figures, which have predictably been pounced upon with those with real agendas against Microsoft, it's perhaps worth forgetting we're talking about Microsoft altogether.
Think of it like this: a company with nearly zero hardware experience has introduced an all-new device running an all-new OS in a sector in which until recently only one product had actually succeeded, and did so initially with almost zero bricks-and-mortar retail visibility.
Think of it that way and the figures aren't actually that bad.