Right on schedule, Microsoft has rolled out the second wave of Surface tablets, this time running Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1. But with lukewarm critical reception, extravagant pricing structures and severe software glitches, can they wipe the slate clean and make MS money instead of bleed it?
Nothing ever seems to go right when it comes to Windows RT. A serious hitch has affected the rollout of the Windows RT 8.1 update for Microsoft’s ARM-based tablet operating system.
Following a painful, brutal first year, the tables appeared to be finally turning for Microsoft’s experimental Windows RT platform, courtesy of a new, considerably upgraded Surface RT and the unexpected keeping of the old 10.6-inch tab in the company’s product line-up for a $350 price point.
Seeing as Microsoft’s first-gen Surface tabs have been colossal sales duds (especially the one running Win RT) and Nokia, which is close to becoming Redmond’s property, is prepping a far superior slate with FHD screen and Snapdragon 800 CPU, you’d think the wisest call at this point would be the halting of the Surface project.
It’s been a long time coming and at last it’s happening. Microsoft is ready to savagely slash Surface RT prices, bringing the tablet closer to its real value. Staples will likely be the first to put the discounts into effect, but chances are other retailers will follow suit soon enough.
Windows RT may go down the webOS path. Oops…
The Surface experiment failed, there’s no question about it anymore, but what remains to be seen is whether Microsoft will look to ditch the tablet market early or give it a second try. At the moment, the latter seems more likely, as second-gen Surface slates are reportedly in the works.
Looks like someone is desperate to clear their inventory. Microsoft, in a special offer valid only to students, is selling their Surface RT tablets (Windows 8 on ARM) for an amazingly low price of just $199. In an effort to push Surface tablets to classrooms (or rather, clear their inventory), Microsoft is selling their Surface
Microsoft is either giving away first generation Surface tablets for free or selling them at dirt cheap prices in an effort to clear stocks, perhaps before the 2nd generation Surface products arrive.