Who didn't see that coming; litigation over failed Surface RT launch

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, winRT, fail, Surface RT

Predicting the next best thing in mobile computing is not an easy task, nor is convincing people that your run of the mill product is in fact the second coming of sliced bread.  However some products are doomed to failure from their inception, regardless of the quality of the product due to the company in question attempting something that does not fit with their specialization.  Ask Ryan about his Zune, a quality product doomed to failure thanks to the fact that it was hardware born to a software company that has not previously needed to worry about package design or producing physical products.

Surface RT on the other hand was full of warts to begin with and doesn't have any of the saving graces that Microsoft's audio player did, it does nothing well and some things 'just good enough'.  MSI came out against Microsoft's plans to produce hardware in direct competition to the companies that have been licensing Windows for their products from the beginning and ASUS also expressed doubts not only about the success of the product but the wisdom of trying to steal business from your customers.  Surface for the most part has been successful but the WinRT version has been an overpriced failure.   This is probably why the inevitable has happened, it will be lawyers at dawn.  You can read the complaint that was filed over at The Register if you wish.

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"According to a press release issued by the law firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd on Monday, the suit charges Microsoft with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including failing to disclose "then presently known trends, events, or uncertainties" in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission."

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Source: The Register

August 14, 2013 | 01:22 PM - Posted by Soylent (not verified)

Failing to disclose uncertainties? They were obviously going up against the iPad and Android tablets, which many companies have tried and failed. As an investor, how much more do you need to know?

August 14, 2013 | 03:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You might say, that the investors were Zuned, Zune me once, shame on M$, but Zune me twice, well, that's what you get with a Monkey Boy running the company! Zimpkins! order a few more executive chairs, and call the scrap company to empty the dumpster!

August 14, 2013 | 11:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It was the god damn lawyers who launched the lawsuit. It was not the users at all. Those are greedy, bastard lawyers who are doing this lawsuit. Surface RT is a fine product!

August 15, 2013 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Surface is just one of many Monkey Boy's fine polished turds!

August 15, 2013 | 04:38 AM - Posted by tabuburn (not verified)

Ever since Ballmer took the rains of the company, it has been going downhill and the only reason he still has his job is because he is buddy-buddy with their founder and chairman, Bill Gates. Look at how bad Windows 8 sales still looks for the desktop and any feedback given to them from users ever since its beta has been mostly been met with "deal with it". Is Microsoft too big to fall? Ballmer might be the anchor that final brings it to its knees.

August 15, 2013 | 10:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

pretty sure ballmer was around for the windows 7 release..........

the size of MS, yet people think 1 guy sails the whole ship.

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