Citing sources at the Redmond, Was.-based software giant, the report indicated that Microsoft has sold about 1.5 million Surface tablets – over one million of the Surface RT tablets that launched last fall, and 400,000 of the Surface Pro that launched more recently. According to the sources, Microsoft hard ordered three million surfaces and expected to sell two million Surface RTs just in the December quarter.
Reaction to the tablet – intended to be a showcase for the touch-focused Windows 8 OS – has been dismissive from the OEM partners that Microsoft is now in coopetition with, and reaction form comsumers has been mixed.
A major challenge, through, has been distribution, or rather the lack thereof. Microsoft originally decided to make Surface available only directly through Microsoft, via its web store and its retail stores, cutting out its traditional reseller and retail channels. However, with Microsoft’s direct channels very limited, customers enticed by Microsoft’s extensive Surface ad campaign found it difficult to get their hands on one.
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Microsoft partially rectified this situation earlier this year by making the Surface RT and Surface Pro available through select retailers. The reseller channel, however, remains shut out, although Microsoft Canada told CDN it was “considering” bringing the Surface Pro to the reseller channel.
If these low sales figures are accurate, Microsoft may want to speed up its consideration process.