Can 3,000,000 Surface buyers be wrong?

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2013 - 02:43 PM |
Tagged: winRT, win8, surface, microsoft, sales, Surface Pro

Believe it or not, according to The Inquirer's sources Microsoft managed to sell three million Surface and Surface Pro tablets, accounting for 7.5% of sales in the first quarter of 2013.  In comparison Apple accounts for a hair under 50% of branded tablet sales, with Android tablets making up the rest of the market.  For a company not generally associated with hardware, apart from the Zune, Microsoft has made a definite impact on tablet sales with their new OS and hybrid machines.  They do not define the split between Surface and Surface Pro, nor mention how many buyers did not realize the limitations of WinRT, regardless this is good news for Microsoft if not for some of their traditional partners such as ASUS and Acer.

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"TABLET UPSTART Microsoft managed to capture 7.5 percent of the global 'branded' tablet market in the first three months of the year."

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Source: The Inquirer
April 25, 2013 | 03:06 PM - Posted by jeffk (not verified)

They're still decent products with all of their flaws, mostly around performance with the RT and battery life with the Pro. Even the first iPad wasn't without its issues. Good thing is that there are significantly faster ARM SoCs available (Tegra 4 and Snapdragragon 600/800) and Haswell is just around the corner so 2nd generation devices will be a big improvement. Also, hopefully they'll be a 7" Surface in the mix as well.

April 25, 2013 | 03:13 PM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

I agree. I pre-ordered the Surface RT for my girlfriend back in october and she absolutely loves it. I have not spent much time with it but the time I did, it was fast, fluid, and the keyboard was one of the coolest things I had touched and used.

April 25, 2013 | 03:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just how many of the non "branded" products were not included in the count, and if they were what would the 7.5 percent figure truly be! M$ damage controll spin is clearly seen in these statistics! Yes, M$ needs good numbers from faulty statistics, yes the statistics that come after, damn lies!

April 25, 2013 | 03:40 PM - Posted by windwalker

Shipments vs. sales strikes again.
Considering that Surface Pro was released in Q1 all this says is that 3 million of them were shipped from factories to store shelves and warehouses.
We'll see in the Q2 shipments how many actually sold through.

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