disarray" Detwiler Fenton dropped its Q4 forecast of Microsoft Surface RT sales from 1 to 2 million to just 500,000 to 600,000 units. To put these estimates in perspective, a median figure from Wall Street and independent analysts call for Apple to report the sale of 24 million Apple iPads in the same three month period ending last December.
Thill is much more excited about the prospects for the Microsoft Surface Pro model, expected to be released later this month. Powered by Windows 8 and using an Intel processor, this model is much more similar to a regular PC than the Microsoft Surface RT. The latter is more like a regular Android tablet and Apple iPad in capabilities, and uses ARM supported processors. The Surface Pro runs desktop applications and has more power, and since it is more comparable to a desktop PC, Thill sees the more expensive model as an alternative to the Apple iPad for enterprise users. After all, business workers are used to how Windows works on their desktop computer in the workplace. For Microsoft's fiscal year 2013, which ends in June, the UBS analyst expects that 2.5 million Microsoft Surface Tablets will have been sold, increasing to 8 million for fiscal year 2014.