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This is the total from both tablet launches until June 30

Microsoft has been pretty stingy about revealing sales numbers for its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, but the Windows maker finally threw a number out there -- just one. 

From the launch of the Surface RT tablet (October 26, 2012) and the launch of the Surface Pro tablet (February 9, 2013) until the end of the company's fiscal year on June 30, Microsoft said Surface tablet sales came out to a total of $853 million USD. 

Microsoft failed to mention which portion of those sales were Surface RT sales and which were Surface Pros.

In an 8-month period, Microsoft sold 1.7 million Surface tablets -- which doesn't look too good sitting next to Apple's numbers. Last November, Apple sold 3 million iPads in just three days around the holiday shopping period. 

In addition, Apple sold 14.6 million iPads in the last quarter alone, and a total of 57 million iPads since the launch of the Surface RT in October. 

Earlier this month, Microsoft took a $900 million charge on the Surface due to the flop in sales. Microsoft also dropped the price of the Surface RT by $150 USD. 

Last month, Microsoft was basically giving Surface RTs away. It announced that it was giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The idea was to spread RT adoption in schools by supplying teachers with the devices and even training them how to use it. 

Days later, Microsoft introduced the "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer," which will give discounted Surface RTs to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets.

The offer, which will reportedly run until August 31, 2013, will sell Surface RTs (without keyboards) to schools for only $199. If the schools want a touch keyboard with their Surface RT, the total price is $249. With a type keyboard, the cost is $289. 

For the fiscal year ended June 30, analysts had hoped for earnings of around 75 cents per share ($6.33 billion USD) on revenue of $20.73 billion USD (not including the Surface write-down).  Instead they got earnings of around 66 cents per share ($5.56 billion USD) once the Surface write-down was removed.

Sources:, Loop Insight

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RE: MS forgot one key aspect
By Tony Swash on 8/1/2013 9:55:44 AM , Rating: 1
My last statment is perfectly justified. Having someone else decide what apps I can and cannot install by choosing to filter them from the "app store" which is the only means of installing said "app"... Just plain sucks! It's my device and I'll install whatever I want on it! If I want to go into the applications folder and mess with the files then it is MY RIGHT to do so.

You may not like the way Apple arranges things but nobody forces you to use their devices and there are plenty of alternatives. I don't like the way Google's uncurated model allows such a vast amount of malware to circulate on the Android platform nor the fact that the piracy it allows undermines developer revenues. So I don't buy Android devices and there are alternatives. The fact that different models for app systems are available is a good thing and the fact that some people strongly prefer one model to another is utterly unremarkable. To describe a particular way of doing things as 'Nazi' just because you don't like makes you sound like a ten year old.

BTW there are no application folders on iOS devices, you are referring to a file management system used in old style PCs, iOS devices don't have user file management systems. Lots of people really like that.

RE: MS forgot one key aspect
By Luticus on 8/1/2013 10:34:49 AM , Rating: 2
iOS does have a file system of sorts... You just don't have access to it by default. File systems aren't used in only "old style PCs". Android, Windows, Linux Distros, Unix, and even Mac OSX all use a file system of some kind.

For the record it's not Apple's app model that bothers me. I'm perfectly fine with their app delivery system and understand it's "implied" benefits. It's not the system that makes me stray from apple devices, it's the management. The fact that developers can work hard on an app but just because the app isn't in moral alignment with apples way of thinking it gets pulled and all the money and resources spent developing it are now wasted (unless of course they subject their app to apple's censorship and resubmit it for approval)... Let me run that by you again, it's not that the app has any technical flaw or breaks anything it's just that apple doesn't "like" it... that's what pisses me off and why I refer to them as "Nazi". "Nazi" by the way is a word I normally avoid because typically I'm in agreement that people who use it sound immature. However in Apple's case it fits nicely and it's application is appropriate. You rule your platform with an iron fist... you're acting "Nazi" about it. I think that's a fair assessment.

RE: MS forgot one key aspect
By spread on 8/2/2013 8:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
BTW there are no application folders on iOS devices, you are referring to a file management system used in old style PCs, iOS devices don't have user file management systems. Lots of people really like that.

Wow. That is the dumbest thing I have heard today.

iOS devices do indeed have file systems and all computers which must read and write for storage have a file system to manage the recording and retrieval of that data.

iOS devices when jailbroken can have a file explorer app installed with which to browse the file system.

You sir are an idiot.

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