Microsoft's Surface tablet has "modest" start: Ballmer

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ClairGolden wrote:

We bought one and returned it after one frustrating week of trying to “get friendly” with it…possibly great for the younger set, but NOT for anyone older and new to the device game. The support is convoluted, and requires hours on the computer trying to figure out how to do simple functions like “delete”…..NOT advised fo senior set!
To get paid-for tutor help required 25 mile drive to store to pay first, set appointment later…Microsoft couldn’t seven handle our willingness to get one-on-one training!

Nov 12, 2012 11:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
texas100 wrote:

Surface will be a failure due to price and lack of Apps… MS should have learned the lesson from Amazon with the KF and Google with the Nexus 7; ‘create demand’ with initial low price for the base device and invest with key Developers on killer Apps.
Then add ‘options’ to the Surface that drive profit; memory, covers, keyboards, docks, headphones, insurance, etc…

Nov 12, 2012 11:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
ahms wrote:

The Surface is a nice idea, but, yeah…costs way too much, and Windows RT…yeah. And then tack in the add-ons to just make it look like the one you’ve seen in the commercials…

However, for business/institutions it might fare well, at least the Pro versions.

Nov 12, 2012 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:

About what I expected. But, then, after a quarter century in the IBM/MSFT arena, I left a little over 6 years ago for OS X and iOS.

Never looked back. Never needed to.

Nov 12, 2012 1:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Caspary wrote:

What I don’t understand is why Windows 8 was not tested sufficiently on users, it’s so difficult for me to use I gave up and bought PC with Windows 7 last week. Why no Windows 8 for desktop only? tablet and desktop software does not have to be the same!!! Produce products for consumers, not for yourselves!!!!! Customer is always right (even when “wrong”), don’t dictate!!!! Mr Ballmer wake up.

Nov 12, 2012 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
timacheson wrote:

The “modest” reference very clearly had nothing whatsoever to do with sales, but truth is often an inconvenient consideration for viral anti-Microsoft propaganda stories promoted by Apple’s own embedded journalists.

http://www.geekwire.com/2012/modest-ballmers-microsoft-surface-comment-means/

Nov 12, 2012 1:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
timacheson wrote:

The “modest” reference very clearly had nothing whatsoever to do with sales, but truth is often an inconvenient consideration for viral anti-Microsoft propaganda stories promoted by Apple’s own embedded reporters.

Nov 12, 2012 1:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

For a corporation that wants to keep market share across home and family, small business and corporation, and mobile, it seems strange to try to force everyone into the “next big thing” (last year’s, MS always late and copying others innovation).
Does GM or Ford decide that in 2013 all their customers will buy turbo-diesel light SUVs, or go and get lost.
The customers will have to pressure M$ into continuing support for W7 and XP, including OEM on new systems.

Nov 12, 2012 5:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ToTuffforYou wrote:

Another Microsoft fail!

Nov 12, 2012 5:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

Here is my market feedback. I started easing away from MSFT products around 2008, and now find no compelling need to go back. Even Office is not missed, as I use LibreOffice with a preferred classic Office interface. In fact, the MSFT tablet seems a bit overpriced for what it offers and I am not sold on the interface. I’d say that MSFT is a few years behind the curve, and definitily will have to work hard to save market share.

Nov 12, 2012 5:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

Strangely enough, the Window8 Nokia Lumina 920 is so successful, stock cannot be kept up for sales worldwide.

The Microsoft Surface is too expensive an has sub par hardware specs. Even the resolution on the screen is bad.

If Microsoft kept their energies focused on software and Nokia expanded to a tablet – you will finally see a winner for a Microsoft tablet.

Nov 12, 2012 6:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
StigTW wrote:

I don’t really know why the anti-MS posts but from what I’ve seen commentry about the web seems positive. The platform will continue to grow and mature, a modest start realistically is very positive news for their first steps with ARM.

Nov 12, 2012 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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