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Modest sales blamed on supply constraint

Microsoft launched its Surface RT tablet last month. Early rumors had hinted that the sales price of the tablet would be around $199, but that turned out to be untrue. The actual starting price for the Surface RT tablet was a actually $499. That made the tablet significantly more expensive than some competitors on the market, including the entry-level Apple iPad 2.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has stated that Surface RT tablets have had a "modest" start in sales. Ballmer doesn't attribute the modest sales to the starting price of the tablet; rather he blames limited availability.

"We've had a modest start because Surface is only available on our online retail sites and a few Microsoft stores in the United States," Ballmer was quoted as saying.

The Surface RT tablet runs a limited version of the new Windows 8 operating system and has Office productivity apps preinstalled.
 
Here’s one interesting tidbit about the new Surface RT tablets: even though they are currently available in 32GB or 64GB versions, the actual amount of storage space available to users is much less. The space taken up by the Windows operating system and preinstalled apps means that the 32GB version only leaves 16GB available to the end-user, while the 64GB version leaves behind 46GB.

Source: Reuters



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poor value at any price
By Captain Awesome on 11/13/2012 10:21:12 AM , Rating: -1
Even if it were $199 I would rather get a Nexus 7 instead.

Based on my awful experience with my Windows Phone 7, which has no decent games or apps, doesn't know how to handle push notifications, wastes a button entirely for Bing searches (which is inferior to Google and maybe even Ask Jeeves), and it can't even do something as simple as show you your remaining battery percentage.




RE: poor value at any price
By datdamonfoo on 11/13/2012 10:55:01 AM , Rating: 4
Settings --> Battery Saver.

Are you sure you've ever used a Windows Phone?


RE: poor value at any price
By GoodBytes on 11/13/2012 12:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
You clearly never used a Windows Phone 7


RE: poor value at any price
By Kyuu on 11/13/2012 1:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, my recently acquired WP8 device does have trouble with push notifications, and a quick look around the web shows that it's a pretty widespread problem that's been around since pre-Mango. It'd be nice for Microsoft to acknowledge that they're aware of the problem and working on it, at least, but I haven't even seen an acknowledgement.

There are also a few basic features missing, such as custom text/email/notification tones (I mean really?), among others.

However, Bing search works fine, don't notice any difference in its results versus Google's. The built in barcode/QR code scanner and music features work great.

All-in-all, WP8 is great and I personally love the aesthetic and tiles. There are still some things need addressing, though.


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