Ballmer Says Sales of the Microsoft Surface Just ”Modest”

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Microsoft has not revealed the exact number of Surface RT tablets it has sold since the device debuted a couple of weeks ago, but the company’s CEO says the device hasn’t exactly taken off.

Microsoft Surface RTSteve Ballmer told Le Parisian that sales “are starting modestly”, which he credited to the model being available only in Microsoft stores. It was Microsoft’s own decision to not offer the tablet through any other retailers.

At this point, the only version on the market runs Windows RT. A more powerful — and likely more expensive — version with Windows 8 and an Intel processor is scheduled to hit the market in early 2013.

More About the Microsoft Surface RT

Windows RT is built to support ARM-based chips, and provide better battery life than tablets running Windows 8, but it does have certain shortcomings, such as the inability to any apps other than those found in the Windows Store.

The device has a 10-inch display, and a microSDXC memory card slot. It is Wi-Fi only — there is no version with 3G or 4G cellular-wireless networking.

The 32 GB Surface has a starting price of $500. Adding a Touch Cover (similar to Apple’s Smart Cover, but with a touch-sensitive keyboard) runs customers an extra $100. For $700, customers can get the 64 GB model of the Surface RT as well as a Touch Cover.



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