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[TR] Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits

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Originally Posted by The Register .co .uk 
Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Ballmer is reported to have given the update to French news site Le Parisien.

Microsoft’s chief executive also used the occasion to boost January’s release of the Intel-based tablets.

Ballmer described the Intel Surface as “high-end” and unique, with a higher-resolution screen.

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I thought they were sold out at one point? "Sold-out" and "modest sales" shouldn't be synonymous.
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I'd hope it has a higher resolution screen, the screen on the Surface is just terrible. Lowest PPI screen that's been released in a long time.
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I'd hope it has a higher resolution screen, the screen on the Surface is just terrible. Lowest PPI screen that's been released in a long time.

You've obviously never actually seen the screen on the Surface.
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You've obviously never actually seen the screen on the Surface.
But....but...the specs!!!!!

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If Microsoft released the surface pro at the same time I think sales would be higher.
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If Microsoft released the surface pro at the same time I think sales would be higher.

This.

I'm still ticked off at Microsoft and won't buy a Surface Pro until they "fix" Windows 8 for the desktop ... but if they do, I'd gladly pick up a Surface Pro, but the non-Pro version, why bother?
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Maybe if they weren't selling it for twice the cost of building it. I get it, people are preaching "oh R&D this, marketing that", but that's a load of crap. M$ is a mega billion dollar a year company, they could have easily afforded the R&D on this product without putting it out for twice it's construction cost. Take a hint from Amazon and Google. They're putting their tablets out at cost or just a few dollars above cost and their tablets are wildly successful. It's called putting out a loss leader, and M$ is just getting greedy about it. This tablet would be going like mad if it were 300-350, but no, it's 500. Cut the price, and quit trying to make up your R&D, marketing, w/e costs up right away and give it some time. Hell even at $300, the tablet itself would profit $29. Not much, but when you start selling several million units because your product is more accessible, then add in all the apps those several million users are going to be buying over the next few years, and i'm quite positive the profits would be pretty handy. Seems to be working splendidly for Google and Amazon, they can hardly keep up with demand when they put their newest tablets out for cost. Hell, I went into a Gamestop the Friday before last, to play with a Nexus 7, then when I went back in a few days later to pick up my copy of Halo, they were sold out again.
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don't like the pricing. M$ is moving towards closed platform anyways, why not follow in google/amazon's footsteps and just sell it for cost THEN rely on post-sales.

it's working for google/amazon... if M$ truly is offering a superior product, then sales should 'naturally' follow.
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Maybe if they weren't selling it for twice the cost of building it. I get it, people are preaching "oh R&D this, marketing that", but that's a load of crap. M$ is a mega billion dollar a year company, they could have easily afforded the R&D on this product without putting it out for twice it's construction cost. Take a hint from Amazon and Google. They're putting their tablets out at cost or just a few dollars above cost and their tablets are wildly successful. It's called putting out a loss leader, and M$ is just getting greedy about it. This tablet would be going like mad if it were 300-350, but no, it's 500. Cut the price, and quit trying to make up your R&D, marketing, w/e costs up right away and give it some time. Hell even at $300, the tablet itself would profit $29. Not much, but when you start selling several million units because your product is more accessible, then add in all the apps those several million users are going to be buying over the next few years, and i'm quite positive the profits would be pretty handy. Seems to be working splendidly for Google and Amazon, they can hardly keep up with demand when they put their newest tablets out for cost. Hell, I went into a Gamestop the Friday before last, to play with a Nexus 7, then when I went back in a few days later to pick up my copy of Halo, they were sold out again.

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You don't understand business do you? If MS was greedy they'd raise the price or even worse..do what you suggest and go for trying to capture the market at massive loss.

Amazon is selling at or near a loss on the hardware because IRC they make it up from both their walled in version OS and their tracking of user's habits on the device (which they sell I think). As for the nexus 7 I haven't heard what the situation with it is.
     
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