Microsoft takes $900 million hit on weak Surface RT sales, misses earnings estimates

Microsoft just reported its quarterly financial results, including a $900 million charge for “inventory adjustments” of its Surface RT tablet, following widespread price-cutting after the company’s iPad rival didn’t live up to its early expectations. The company reported earnings of 59 cents a share, when including the 7 cent charge for the Surface RT. Adjusting… 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


Dell exec to Steve Ballmer: Please rename Windows RT

At least one person wasn’t happy with the way Microsoft was naming its new ARM tablet operating system. Dell vice-chairman Jeffrey Clarke spoke at a conference last week and told a story of how he urged Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year to rename Windows RT because it couldn’t run traditional Windows applications. Clarke… Read More


Microsoft Surface expanding to Staples and other retailers

Microsoft’s Surface RT will go on sale at Staples as early as tomorrow, the retailer announced today — part of a move by Microsoft to expand the retail footprint for its tablet ahead of the company’s previous schedule. Staples made the announcement this afternoon, in conjunction with news from Microsoft that it was ramping up… Read More