Microsoft Surface sales off to a ‘modest’ start

Microsoft Surface sales off to a ‘modest’ startOne thing you can’t knock Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for is enthusiasm. He’s often seen drenched in sweat and sticking his tongue out and generally looking a bit mental at product launches.

However, in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, Ballmer struggled to muster much enthusiasm for Microsoft Surface sales.

Of course, for now, we’re talking about the more modest ARM-powered Microsoft Surface, running Windows 8 RT – a stripped down version of the OS.

That means no backwards compatibility, and reliance upon content created for and distributed by the Windows Marketplace.

Ballmer didn’t mention specific Microsoft Surface sales figures, but conceded things had started “modestly”.

Instead, Ballmer turned attention to the “high end” and “unique” Microsoft Surface Pro. It’ll have a higher resolution, an Intel processor and full-fat Windows 8, and it’s expected in, er, Q1 2013 at some point.

Big Steve has already promised more Microsoft hardware, which might possibly maybe mean a Surface smartphone and/or Microsoft Surface 2 and/or Xbox Surface, the latter being a console companion thingy.

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noas  Nov. 12, 2012 at 19:49

what a terrible article

socialjeebus  Nov. 13, 2012 at 01:35

Tbh I don't know why anyone would be attracted at that pricepoint.

The Google Nexus 10 has got to have draw in a lot of the customers who may have considered getting one too.

The Surface Pro is another story though. I reckon it could do pretty well. I know my company is planning on buying a lot of them.


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