It’s been almost 2 months since the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro, and if you thought sales of the RT were a disappointment, then the sales figures for the Pro last month would not have been very welcome. Just last month we learned that total sales of both Surface devices were around 1.5 million, although this is around 50 percent more than analysts had predicted.
Microsoft should not get complacent about those sales figures because we don’t expect sales of the Surface Pro 2 months on to be any better than last months pattern. The reason we say this is because the figure above included the RT, and that model was released back in October.
When you look at it like that sales have been dreary for the Surface, and this shows that consumers and business users are not automatically buying Microsoft products anymore because they now have a far greater choice. It’s no secret that Microsoft is having a hard time competing with Android and iOS devices, but you have to admire them for sticking at it.
So what’s wrong with the Surface Pro? The hybrid device has various shortcomings, but the biggest issue has to be Windows 8. This operating system has not been well received since its release, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as Microsoft is working on an update, although this is still way down the line.
We’re not saying the Surface Pro is a bad device, as there are several great things about it, but there is a growing concern that the tablet or whatever you wish to call it is overpriced, irrelevant and rather useless. However, it’s clear that not all of you agree with this, because those who have purchased one will tell you that the Surface Pro is an amazing machine, but was not released at the right time. So where do you stand?
Update: Even though sales seem a little slow, we have to remember that there have been several stock shortages for those trying to get their hands on the Surface Pro, which would have affected sales figures. We also need to take into consideration that availability have been limited to certain countries, but all that will change when the Pro goes on sale in UK, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia in the second quarter. That’s not all, the Pro has already gone on sale in China, so we should see those numbers increase at a dramatic rate.