Ballmer Says Surface RT Sales Off to "Modest" Start
November 13, 2012 9:03 AM
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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
. 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.
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RE: poor value at any price
11/13/2012 1:52:21 PM
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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