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Surface trampled at the bottom of the tablet pile

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    Surface trampled at the bottom of the tablet pile


    Microsoft Surface trampled at the bottom of the tablet pile this Christmas

    While it does have drawbacks just like anything else, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface is a great slate for those looking for a fresh new take on the modern tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like very many people were looking for a fresh new take on the modern tablet this holiday season.
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    Problem is that they didn't market it very well, neither did they Market Windows 8 well. Hence why probably poor sales. Add to the fact that many people just don't want to waste money on a expensive device, when say Windows 7 hasn't run it's course yet or that they don't want a very restrictive Surface RT device. Just waiting for the Pro to come out, maybe sales will take off that.

    I think Microsoft have to at least try and get the Surface device to retail chains. Apple does it with these, don't restrict this to just Microsoft stores, and have proper trained people entice curiois people to the fold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Microsoft Surface trampled at the bottom of the tablet pile this Christmas

    While it does have drawbacks just like anything else, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface is a great slate for those looking for a fresh new take on the modern tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like very many people were looking for a fresh new take on the modern tablet this holiday season.
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    A Guy
    Hi there
    This is a sort of "Misleading" statististic that can mean ANYTHING you want it to mean.

    I never even SAW a TV commercial about Ms Surface Pro until a couple of days ago.

    W8 forum users aren't the "General public". Most of my colleagues didn't even know Ms were in the tablet business at all -- all they knew about Ms was "Windows and Xbox -- while some also knew "Office".

    Once the marketing boyos get their act together sales of these could take off - especially with all the heavy discounting going on now (at least here in N. Europe).

    While myself I am not a tablet lover I can see some benefits of these and I'm sure they will take off.

    I get the impression people are rather hoping this will fail -- why I don't know as from the specs if you like this type of device it seems good and currently far better than what "The Fruit Company" is offering at a similar price.

    @ GhostDog -- Proper trained staff out in the field !!!! That's a good one --I don't know if you've been into some of the larger computer retail chains lately in these countries particularly : US, NL, BE, F, ES, GB -- My late Grandma's Cat probably has FORGOTTEN more about computers than some of these "Staff" would ever LEARN ion their entire lifetimes

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    One big problem is that the fancy keyboard cover is super over priced and should have came with the device for free. Add to that the confusion over RT and other versions and it creates a disaster. I was looking forward to this tablet being competitive with other brands not just apple and it isn't happening.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsecrank View Post
    One big problem is that the fancy keyboard cover is super over priced and should have came with the device for free. Add to that the confusion over RT and other versions and it creates a disaster. I was looking forward to this tablet being competitive with other brands not just apple and it isn't happening.
    Hi there
    Give it time

    I don't understand some of you guys "on the other side of the Pond". The whole philosophy business wise is much TOO SHORT TERM.

    If a product isn't in the top 5 in Week one or the stock price hasn't increased by 200% within 50 seconds of the Market Opening Bell then you all perceive it as a colossal failure.

    The Surface Pro isn't even available yet in a lot of areas yet.

    Marketing new technogy in a severe recession isn't the best time --so give the product a chance -- let some of the early bugs get sorted out and throw it open to other retail outlets. That way we can also get some heavy discounting too

    Remember these days companies are increasingly looking to offer cheap hardware and make money on content -- look at Amazon / Nook with the e-readers --really cheap now to get people to buy the e-books and most mobile phone providers subsidize considerably the handsets to get people to sign up to phone contracts.

    This product WILL work.

    The RT tablet I agree adds a bit to the confusion --it really should have been called something else as say Office Mini since the only conceivable reason to get this tablet is to use Ms office and it's cheaper than any other option - and of course you can't install "Classic Windows apps" on it either.

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    Problem is that they didn't market it very well, neither did they Market Windows 8 well
    Yes.

    The product is poor on many levels.

    Not surprising it isn't selling well.

    If MS get to grips with product management and release something the customers want - then they will have a chance.

    I haven't seen any signs of that change in attitude from MS - not yet anyway.

    We will have to see if Miss Julie makes a better fist of it than her predecessor.
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    Peoples don't want a tablet they want a iPad because it's cool to have one. They gone have a iWatch in few months, look how peoples will now need a iWatch. For myself I don't need a tablet, I see no use to have one. I want a Microsoft Desktop and an Android phones , if not a iPhones, get it one for all Microsoft, focus on the desktop and do something better than 8, stop to drop your customers for products no one wants.
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    I bought a Surface RT and within 4 days had to get a replacement as it would not shut down at all. Everything was fine for another week and then the keyboard was no longer recognised and once again it would not shut down. I sent the whole kit and caboodle back, received my full refund and bought an Acer W510.

    I can honestly say that the Surface was one of the best build tablets I have seen and will buy another Surface not RT though, but not for a year, until all the initial bugs have been ironed out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Problem is that they didn't market it very well, neither did they Market Windows 8 well
    Yes.

    The product is poor on many levels.

    Not surprising it isn't selling well.

    If MS get to grips with product management and release something the customers want - then they will have a chance.

    I haven't seen any signs of that change in attitude from MS - not yet anyway.

    We will have to see if Miss Julie makes a better fist of it than her predecessor.
    If you're wanting a start menu in Windows 9, you may as well hope for a flying unicorns. She's even said herself that underused piece of UI ain't coming back.
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    Not surprising, not many know about it well enough to put that kind of money down on the tablet. It took a couple of years for the ipad to become a house name (after being skewered as a giant ipod touch that it is and being labeled a certain feminine hygiene product), the same will have to happen with the Surface. People will soon realize what a ripoff the ipad is over a Surface RT, and more so a Surface Pro.
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