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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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RE: Storage space concerns
By Cypherdude1 on 11/14/2012 3:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get why people have this issue. I don't have this problem in my Win7 64-bit. I have 120GB SSD on my laptop, and a 256GB SSD for my desktop (where it's partition in 2, 50GB for Win7, and the rest on the other partition (data, programs, games, etc.)

I don't know how you managed to squeeze Win7-64 into a 50 GB partition. Right now my C: partition is using 78.4 GB. Although, System Restore is using 19 GB and my Windows\Temp folder is using 2.67 GB. I also have almost no programs on C:.

As for the M$ Surface, I would wait until true Win8 tablets arrive which allow owners to swap out the RAM sticks and the mSATA SSD's for 8 GB RAM and 256 GB mSSD:

Knowing Microsoft, I doubt they will allow it. However, M$ will put pressure on Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and the others to make Win8 tablets. Some of them should allow owners to remove the back and install their own RAM and mSSD's. Imagine having a true Win8 tablet which has 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB mSSD. Imagine being able to run all of your Windows applications on a 15.6" tablet!

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