Microsoft Reportedly Slashing Surface Tablet Production Due to Poor Sales

Hot on the heels of multiple reports of poor Windows 8 uptake, a new report claims that Microsoft itself has slashed production orders for its own Surface RT tablet, which could be considered the flagship device for the new generation of Windows tablets.

The information comes from DigiTimes’ anonymous sources in the “upstream supply chain,” who claim that Microsoft originally expected to ship 4 million Surface tablets by the end of the year, but recently cut that number in half, to 2 million units. By comparison, Apple sold 14 million iPads last quarter alone.

DigiTimes has a reputation for hit-and-miss accuracy in its reporting, but this tidbit neatly coincides with information coming from multiple third-party industry sources. Senior executives at both Asus and Newegg have mentioned lackluster consumer interest in Windows 8, and perhaps more critically for the Surface itself, NPD announced this morning that Windows tablets account for less than one percent of all Windows 8 device sales.

Poor Surface RT sales could prompt Microsoft to release the Surface Pro and its full-blow Windows 8 installation this year rather than in January, the supply sources speculate — and for a lower price than Microsoft initially intended.

Windows 8 and RT was supposed to kickstart Microsoft’s mobile ambitions, but on the back of these early numbers, you have to wonder if the new Live Tile interface and a tablet price point equal or higher than the iPad’s is truly a winning combination.

Via SlashGear


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  1. joe Says:

    I know the first several times I saw the ad for the Surface I thought it was an ad for the Ipad.

  2. joe Says:

    Still, windows 8 looks pretty cool.

  3. Alan Says:

    I think MS should have gone straight for the Surface Pro, skip Windows RT altogether for now. The latest dual core atoms run W8 fine on tablets, the Surface should have had that instead.

    Introducing Windows on ARM should have came AFTER windows 8 had made a solid hit in the tablet arena, where it could use its supports ALL desktop applications as a plus, rather than their first tablet being a look alike windows 8.

  4. vlad Says:

    I was interested until I priced them. With the basic tablet running at the same price as the ipad turned me off. Also, the ipad 4 has the retina dispay. I would have thought MS would have offered the Surface for at least 50-100 dollars less than the ipad in order to get their foot in the door. Also, I hear a lot of complaints about W8 and know some who have put 7 back on their devices.

    The Surface Pro at a starting price of $899 I suspect will do poorly as well. Here at my location it will cost over a grand when adding tax and at that price there are simply too many great devices available

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