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Report: Little demand for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet

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    Report: Little demand for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet


    Lackluster demand has reportedly prompted Microsoft to slash orders of its Surface RT tablet from 4 million to 2 million units.

    According to DigiTimes, the slow start for Redmond's ARM-based tablet could ultimately persuade Microsoft to lower the price of its upcoming Intel x86-powered Surface Pro ($899 for 64GB and 128GB for $999) which is slated to ship in January.
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    Interesting, I posted the very same thing yesterday and it disappeared.
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    Yep, nobody cares. They don't really want a stripped down Windows on their tablet. They either want an iPad or they want something else that is cheap.
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    This is fine with me, I hope the price does drop. i do plan on buying a Win8 Pro Tablet, weather that is Surface or not I do not know.
    Bought the wife the Asus WinRT and I actually like it and so does she. Talked her out of a Nook HD+ for the WinRT as she now has Nook App and Kindle App, plus a whole lot more.

    It's too bad you can't even run Portable Apps on it. This was a Upgrade Replacement for her Nook Color anyway, so it's not a big loss for her.
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    Odd, didn't they also run out of the base 32 gig stock in like a few days in the US and later UK? The notion was that there was either too little stock or too much demand or both...

    I don't think an ipad is cheap when the Surface RT is the same price with better capabilities. An android definitely doesn't come near the RT's capabilities.

    So far, I don't think Microsoft is doing a good job of why Windows RT is a good platform to use. They need to express that RT is ideal for students, people who travel often, or for people that already have a Windows PC but need something in between the likes of a full fledged PC and the portability of the ipad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    So far, I don't think Microsoft is doing a good job of why Windows RT is a good platform to use. They need to express that RT is ideal for students, people who travel often, or for people that already have a Windows PC but need something in between the likes of a full fledged PC and the portability of the ipad.
    I'm really starting to wonder if MS not doing a good job explaining it, or if consumers simply don't want that complexity and feature set in their portable device. As enthusiasts, I can see where we are drawn to it. But it seems like the "average joe" might be taking the "wait and see", or "I'll just get what everybody else is using" approach"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    So far, I don't think Microsoft is doing a good job of why Windows RT is a good platform to use. They need to express that RT is ideal for students, people who travel often, or for people that already have a Windows PC but need something in between the likes of a full fledged PC and the portability of the ipad.
    I'm really starting to wonder if MS not doing a good job explaining it, or if consumers simply don't want that complexity and feature set in their portable device. As enthusiasts, I can see where we are drawn to it. But it seems like the "average joe" might be taking the "wait and see", or "I'll just get what everybody else is using" approach"
    I just really have to think that when the box for the RT tablet says, "Windows RT cannot run existing desktop software and applications" it really makes wonder what's the purpose of it then? But, Office 2013 Home and Student is on it, which high school and college students really do need and want to use. There is also the idea that if you already have a PC, you might want a tablet. Sure, an ipad is great and all, but when you need it to have features, like a USB port, it's not there. So 500 dollars for a large ipod. Or, 500 dollars for something that does things that the ipad can do, and features a PC can do made into something that does that.

    Or then again, the fact that the Surface RT is only available in retail purchase in like, 60 stores or available to purchase online might be something there. When something walks into a best buy for a new PC and asks where the Surface is and the sales person says they don't have them, that person will just go and buy whatever PC in stock there. Advertising is one thing, but physical availability is another. Not being able to physically handle a 500 dollar product versus the other one is an advantage.
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    Kids and teens just want the "status" device

    iPad tops kids and teenagers most wanted list for Christmas | TechDeville

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    This is fine with me, I hope the price does drop. i do plan on buying a Win8 Pro Tablet, weather that is Surface or not I do not know.
    Bought the wife the Asus WinRT and I actually like it and so does she. Talked her out of a Nook HD+ for the WinRT as she now has Nook App and Kindle App, plus a whole lot more.

    It's too bad you can't even run Portable Apps on it. This was a Upgrade Replacement for her Nook Color anyway, so it's not a big loss for her.
    There you go, why have two different tablet devices when one LITERALLY does that in one?
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    I don't if it's just me or where I live, but it seems ipads are becoming more or less devices older people are wanting to get as well as governments. I really haven't seen personally a lot of younger people flocking to the ipad much as much as middle aged and older people do.... Maybe it's the iphone young kids like more? It would make sense, an ipod touch for junior, and ipad for the senior.
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