IDC calls Microsoft Surface reception ‘muted, at best’ — fewer than 1M units shipped

A new report from the IDC research firm says that Microsoft’s Surface tablet, with its initially limited distribution, wasn’t able to crack the top 5 in worldwide tablet shipments in its debut quarter — registering 900,000 units, or less than 2 percent of the tablet market. Another research firm, iSuppli, tells CNet that actual… Read More


Microsoft GM: Surface Pro arriving in “coming weeks”

Thanks to Twitter, now we have an idea for a Surface Pro debut date. On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks. — Panos Panay (@panos_panay) January 15, 2013 That’s a Tweet yesterday from Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft’s Surface division. Microsoft… Read More


Modest start? Parsing Ballmer’s Surface comment

In the absence of actual sales figures from Microsoft for its new Surface RT tablet, a bunch of stories are making the rounds this morning based on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s comment to a French newspaper that the new tablet is “starting modestly.” The problem is that Ballmer wasn’t referring to sales, but to the… Read More


Microsoft Surface destroys iPad in hilarious fake ad

You’ve probably come across Apple’s clever new iPad mini advertisement featuring the two-hand duet from “Heart and Soul.” I thought it was clever and creative — typical of Apple ads. But a spoof of the ad featuring Microsoft’s Surface posted yesterday on YouTube had me cracking up. Produced by Seattle-based Cinesaurus, the video starts just… Read More


VIDEO: Why these people bought a Microsoft Surface

Why wait in line for a Microsoft Surface? That’s the question we asked outside the Microsoft Store in Seattle today. Yes, the line at Seattle’s University Village included lots of people who either work for Microsoft, used to work for the company, or are close to people who do. This is Microsoft’s backyard, after all…. Read More