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Updated: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 months on

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.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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IAM
IAM

The shortcoming is certainly not Windows 8 as it works great on a touch device. The reason I and probably many people are waiting is for the short battery life.

Eric
Eric

Useless lol. Windows 8 runs great on the surface. I cant Run any of my work software on any other OS than windows but to you its useless ( go surf the web some more). I have 4 computer all windows 8 and iam getting a touch screen as one of my 8 monitor work setup.

paula
paula

Yeah Im one of those who love Surface and will stick to it no matter what. I love to use both mouse and stylus while I’m working, I love to use just the screen keyboard as well as the cover keyboard. I don’t mind at all the price, since I don’t need a laptop anymore.

But what I love the most is to have an option besides St Jobs and his army of sheeps.

Maybe I’m old but I believe that all the “App” fever is just a generational thing that will pass and die before it reaches a decade.

Clive Baker

Windows 8 is a great operating system, I have been using it on my PC and also on my surface RT. I cant wait until the surface pro comes out in the UK. It will make my work at customers sites so much easer.

JasonEnzoD
JasonEnzoD

The only advantage offered by the Surface Pro is its size. They’ve managed to cram a PC into a tablet form. So what? Its just made it fragile and traded off a number of other things, and for what? Size (and weight) aren’t that much different to a laptop. And you still need a bag to carry it in. Using it with a keyboard on your knee, for example when on the sofa or on train, is a dangerous balancing act. Holding it with one hand is like 5 minutes maximum. Yes it is a niche product – aimed that… Read more »

Bryan Bruce
Bryan Bruce

I am a very big fan of Windows 8. I am Surface RT fits a need for me-

LAcyclist
LAcyclist

For those who are hungry for apps, I should also add…
The Microsoft app store is indeed very anemic. But I have been running Android apps on my Surface Pro through Bluestack. It’s still beta but it works pretty well. All the apps that I have grown to love, Flipboard, Google Maps, etc. all run.

LAcyclist
LAcyclist

Before my Surface Pro, I had a 13″ MacBook (non-retina) and an iPad. I also have a Nexus Galaxy Android phone. When it comes to devices I am flexible. I have had the 128Gb Surface Pro since launch date. I thought I would hate Windows 8 because of all the bad reviews and I really did love OSX. After 2 months, the Surface is the only device I am carrying around now (and my Google phone). There are some compromises, particularly the fonts in non-Windows 8 programs could be really tiny. I set resolution to 1600×900 and 125% (or 150%… Read more »

Linda Reid

I love my Surface Pro. It does everything beautifully, and is light and powerful as well. Long Battery Life, too. 5 stars.

Eino Anttila

How could the Surface Pro sell well, when they’re not selling them anywhere? Well, except some few places in the States and that’s it. Surface RT came here in Finland just a month ago and just like the RT, when the Pro gets sold here, it’s already old news.

Abhijeet Haval

so all the comments are positive for Surface Pro. The author of this blog post should accept that Surface Pro is great device that people like. I personally would like to see to be little cheaper.

bigalplayer

“consumers and business users are not automatically buying Microsoft products ” In my home I have two pcs (one desktop powered by AMD) and one Asus UX31 Prime ultrabook, and a surface RT and I am in Portugal very far away from where you are dude! Then at my work, there are 4 ipads and those 4 persons also own 4 laptops to work, and also some pretty good Windows 7 powered laptops at home, they use the the ipad at work to…guess what…. play a farm game!!! 🙂 Lol come on!!! (serious talk ipad vs Windows 8 intel devices?)… Read more »

Von
Von

Love my Surface Pro….try running Photoshop, Illustrator,and CorelDraw X6 on an iPad won’t happen. The Surface is an adult tablet/computer to be productive on the road.

JasonEnzoD
JasonEnzoD

I don’t understand the advantage of using the Surface Pro over a laptop with touch screen – if you want a keyboard that is.

WindowsOnMac
WindowsOnMac

I managed to get a 128GB model last week, and I think it’s a great little machine… Really can’t understand why all the analysts are saying “sales disappoint”: as I was trying to get the 128Gb model since it was released and it was always “out of stock” on the MS Canada and Best Buy websites (and in the end I had to order the Pro form one and the Type-Cover form the other!) And if you think of it as a convertible ultra-book (I want to use it to replace my Sony Vaio-Z when travelling) it’s not even that… Read more »

TheFakeSteve
TheFakeSteve

wow! What a moron. Basically the author claims that Surface Pro sales will be a disappointment becoz he thinks it will be a disappointment.

Dr. Donut
Dr. Donut

Who is Peter Chubb and why does anyone care what his opinion is?

toraji
toraji

🙂 BTW…thanks Fernando you make a very valid point (amazing machine) for a apple junkie :). I don’t see that a lot but some apple lovers around me also see how good this pro is and still try to come up with points to say something bad about the surface but they are coming around :). Another thing I would like to comment on is that windows 8 is not BAD at all. It is an addition to what you still have in the desktop mode and its funny to see how the biggest haters of W8 start to even… Read more »

yloops
yloops

The real issue with this piece, is that its title puts forth the idea that 2 months ON, the surface pro is doing poorly. However, the article itself uses figures which are in fact a month old. In fact it doesn’t even break down the figure for the pro which is 400,000, which was deemed a success by CNET, having had supply issues and being only released in two countries. Its for that reason why this is a very very poor article on the pro. After using old figures, which were in fact decent, to suggest the surface pro is… Read more »

scsi
scsi

love mine.

Krishna B.
Krishna B.

I take it this way, MS here is not trying to sell as many Surface Pro as possible but trying to have as many manufactures get into the fray, which it has done very well. I have seen just about all major manufactures producing at least one their Surfaces. Now it is up to the respective manufactures to compete and bring down the prices, so we consumers are at the winning situation.I think MS should not bring down the cost of its Surfaces as it should act like a benchmark for other manufactures to follow, and let more competition to… Read more »

runamuck

This guy is a moron

Observer
Observer

I’d say they are doing well despite of bad reviews and limited distribution (only US and Canada since Feb 9). Go ahead and check customer reviews at best buy and soon Amazon. Remember, this is a first generation device. Going forward it’ll be just better and better. How much first gen iPad and Android devices were sold back then in the first two months?

toraji
toraji

So typical…..another basher…….
I know a few people that own a Surface Pro or RT…. THEY LOVE IT!!!!!! I think it becomes time you so called reviewers start to review things for what they are…NOT what you dislike!!!!

Bert Caris

Maybe the Surface is too new For some who try to cling to existing realities. My Surface is certainly a big plus. The quoted consensus is to be considered questionable when it does not originate from people who don’ t use the Surface on a daily basis, privately as wel as for work.

Fernando
Fernando

Firstly let me say that I’m a Apple junkie having a Mac at home, an
iPAD, Mac Air and an iPhone. However, I’ve found my new Surface Pro to be an amazing machine… it has a friendly user interface and I can use it
as substitute for my work laptop at 1/4 the size and almost the same in
weight. It is very fast, slick and runs the full Microsoft 2013 suite
which is brilliant.

WP7Mango
WP7Mango

Not sure how Surface Pro (or indeed any Windows 8 tablet) can be considered useless when the fact is (yes, it is a fact) that Windows 8 is a far more powerful and capable operating system than iOS.

Andy Hart

no wouldnt agree, maybe that census was from all your ipad followers

yloops
yloops

really was my comment rejected?

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