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Microsoft Surface RT to hit retail stores very soon; "Droid Rage" promo backfires

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When Microsoft worked out its business plan for the Microsoft Surface RT, it expected to originally offer the tablet online and then broaden distribution to retailers by the beginning of 2013. But there is speculation that the tablet will start appearing in retail stores soon. How soon? Try the next several days. The crew in Redmond is dying to widen the availability of its traditional tablet and Apple iPad competitor beyond the web site where it has offered the device since its launch.

Soon to be in stores

Soon to be in stores

Besides passing along this this talk of retailers offering the Microsoft Surface RT, Windows IT Pro says that those reports that said that the device was selling poorly were incorrect. The tablet has sold very well, according to the site, and has certainly done much better than the 500,000 to 600,000 units sold that the bearish reports claimed. But even Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer characterized the tablet's sales as "modest" last month. By selling the tablet in retail stores, Microsoft hopes to improve sales by making them easier to buy.

And remember the other day when we told you that Microsoft wanted you to tweet them your worst malware based Droid Rage story? Apparently, this promotion has backfired as Android users have taken to Twitter to send tweet bombs to Microsoft. A couple of funny examples: "Whoops. Just activated another million devices today. Sorry, @windowsphone.#DroidRage," read one tweet. "I wish my Android phone crashed more often like Windows. #DroidRage," read another. Microsoft's promotions generally have done well, liked #SmokedbyWindowsPhone, but it might be a good idea to pull the plug before Microsoft's Ballmer goes into a rage.

source: WindowsITPro via Electronista

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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:40 12

1. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, pretty silly of Microsoft to speak of malware when Windows is the best device to get malware on.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:07 6

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


Ballmer is an ideal CEO, well almost

What he lacks is credibility

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 12:44 2

32. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


wtf? LOL That is like saying, "that is an ideal car...it just lacks an engine."

Having credibility is huge for any leader my dude.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 21:35

33. MeoCao (unregistered)


+1, that's exactly what I meant

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 05:30 1

19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


MS should actually give its tabs time to sell and after its successful he should launch these over-the-top campaigns. without successful sales credibility all marketing gimmicks look like crap

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 06:36 2

22. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


There just doing this for more attention. Its almost like an up and coming Rap artist dissing Jay-z or someone that is popular in the industry; there just trying to create a buzz.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 07:50 2

23. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Not really sure why you got thumbed down...your comment was spot on. When you're at the top, your competitors will do whatever they can to push you off. Apple got that for a long time, now Google will.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:42 11

2. ddeath (Posts: 163; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Malwares? Has he even used an Android before? As long as you download from Play, there is no worries about malwares. Clean up your own s**t Windows which has full of viruses and malwares attacking it all the while.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:52 3

4. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I mean, I like Windows - I have used a windows PC since the MS-DOS days with the big floppy disks. I never had many issues with malware - the wife does when going on Facebook - but she is learning.
With windows, just create a backup of important data and do a fresh install if anything goes haywire and DO NOT go for those 'DOUBLY MY SPEED' deals....they are malware unto itself.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:20 8

11. BattleBrat (Posts: 1102; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


SSD, all you need for speed

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:51 7

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It's funny because I'm pretty sure when you buy a Windows PC, it comes with viruses and malware right ouf of the box!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:53 4

6. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, it does come with a lot of junk from the OEM and Microsoft - I delete all that I can and disable IE, Bing desktop and any other junkware.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:16 1

10. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


this is so true. the memories are coming back.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:53 5

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So RT was a FLOP . . or E(F)lop .. so this Flip-Flop. Well this is what happens if marketing is based on throwing INSULTS at competitors (wonder why Apple didn't sue M$ as iNsulting is only their forte) :D

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:15 2

8. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


flip flop just reminds me of something naughty haha

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:59

12. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Made me lol :P

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:05

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


This guy is funny LOL

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 09:38

26. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like unwise®©™

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:12 2

7. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


this is so lame on their part. i had never encountered any problems and i have a s**t of stuff on my phone so WTF r they smoking ?. Windows Vista had problems.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:15 2

9. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


should be cheaper!!!

cut down the prices microsoft!!!

i cant wait for next surface RT with only 8.6" screen size!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 05:48

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


True it should be $100 less™®©

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 08:31

24. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


TROLL i mean cheaper..but at $399 just like nexus 10!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 10:08

27. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That's what I was refering™®©

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:27 3

15. jove39 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


MS need to stop bad mouthing other platforms and improve WP8...bad business tactics won't help WP8 or MS!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 05:30 5

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lubba, you ok ? Its not that serious.....at the same time I could say you're actling like its your father they're talking about. Rise above that man.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 09:36 2

25. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Microsoft is good with PC, on the mobile side there failing to OS and iOS!
Look at W1234567 & now 8? What difference will this make?

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 03:45

29. costeakai (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


@rusticguy: ha , your comment is good. ms's only chance , is intel's valleyview. win-rt is just a waste of time. amd will also help with jaguar-temash ultra-low-power-apu. ms can't wait another year for it; wants to run faster and lighter by self-cutting one leg: it hurts and doesn't work.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 09:35

31. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


due to the fact that more People will be exposed to seeing a Microsoft surface RT in Person more of them will be sold.but I Hope that the People who buy them are first told
that the Microsoft "Surface RT" can only run the Apps that are in it's OS's store and will not run standard Windows Desktop/Laptop programs. If this is done them People who buy a
Microsoft ''Surface RT" will know what they are getting into before they make their
Purchase. Frankly I think Microsoft should only have one "Surface computer next year that
"Surface" will run only "Windows 8 Pro". The Microsoft Tablets running Windows RT should be called " WIN RT" and have a different case. This will get rid of ant sales confusion over which one is which

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