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Microsoft said to be terminating its Surface tablet line

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Microsoft said to be terminating its Surface tablet line
According to a report published on Thursday that cites sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is planning to drop its Surface tablet line. This comes after sales of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 have come in lower than expected. Microsoft had high hopes for the tablet, but larger-screened smartphones have recently been taking business away from tablets.

The first two generations of Surface slates are said to have produced losses of $1.7 billion for the manufacturer. Microsoft is now expected to ship less than 1 million units of the Surface Pro 3, which was aimed at enterprise users. In addition, sources say that Microsoft is backing away from developing the next-gen Surface tablets.

Microsoft had been expected to unveil the Surface mini at the same time that the Surface Pro 3 was introduced last May. But the manufacturer's lack of confidence in the product led it to cancel production of the model. Now, it seems that Microsoft has lost confidence in the whole line.


source: DigiTimes

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posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:31 27

1. zunaidahmed (Posts: 693; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


damn, really liked the surface pro... I think the main reason for the low sales is because of price....

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:34 4

4. cozze02 (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Yeah, I had a surface pro 2 but just couldn't get over how much I paid for it. So I ended up selling it on eBay. Very good quality tablets though.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:16 4

20. sgodsell (Posts: 3336; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Surface prices are just ridiculous, especially when you look at the Surface Pro pricing.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:33 2

39. vincelongman (Posts: 4159; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The i3 & i5 128GB Surface Pro 3 pricing aren't that when compare with other Ultrabook/MacBooks
The higher option are worse value
e.g.
$130+$800 for i3 Pro 3 ($130 is for type cover)
$1000 for Air (13" because the Pro 3's screen is closer to the 13")
$130+$1000 for Pro 3 (same specs as $1000 Air $130 more)
$1200 Air with 256 GB
$130+1300 for Pro 3 with 256GB ($230 more)
$1450 Air with 256GB, i7, 8GB
$130+$1550 Pro 3 with 256GB i7,8GB ($230 more)
$1750 Air with 512GB,i7,8GB
$130+$1950 Pro 3 with 512GB,i7,8GB ($330 more)
But in a way they not too bad since the Pro 3 is tablet, e.g. the iPad Air cost another $499
On another note the Macbook Air and other Ultrabooks are over priced compared to other laptops

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 10:13

67. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 115; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


How much did Microsoft pay you to post this up?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 18:16

59. techperson211 (Posts: 1178; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I was waiting for these beast to come out to our region.damn!! Pricing is the problem here. Really wanted to buy those i7. Maybe vaio will come up with something better and a descent price.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:11 7

27. faptastic (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


Every other news source that talks about this report states this is only for Surface ARM tablets and not the Pro series. Fortunately as I really like the pro series. Hence we will see a Surface pro 4 most likely.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:36 2

7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2071; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I was waiting for the Pro 4 :(

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:41 1

62. miloTheGreat (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Its being held back for Intel to get their Broadwell processors finalised. But yes, this will be a killer proc for battery life and size.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:42 8

13. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


everyone else is reporting the exact opposite....
What they might stop is the ARM version ...

http://www.wpcentral.com/satya-nadella-says-microsoft-has-full-and-sustained-support-surface-program
http://www.wpcentral.com/new-report-says-microsoft-may-end-production-arm-based-surface-tablets

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro-line-is-here-to-stay-7000034509/

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-confirms-its-working-on-a-new-surface-pro
http://www.neowin.net/news/nadella-microsoft-committed-to-surface-line

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:54 3

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol!!!! You actually believe this BS?
................
http://m.wpcentral.com/satya-nadella-says-microsoft-has-full-and-sustained-support-surface-program
................
Now, it looks like Surface RT might be done for, but Pro's still a go.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:18 1

21. sgodsell (Posts: 3336; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Surface Pro pricing is terrible. Plain and simple. The Surface RT is suppose to merge with Window Phone. Also there is hardly any apps for Surface RT. Surface RT should have never been released.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:16 4

29. faptastic (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


Is it really? For the price of an ipad you get a device that is so far ahead of an ipad that it makes any ipad look like a really expensive Lego brick. Most comparable devices aren't notably cheaper and when they do they suffer a lot in lack of features, quality, size and performance. The arm versions are unusual and weird and hey shouldn't exist, but the pro pricing is not overly expensive, especially not compared to the apple devices that are out there.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:34 1

40. emoemeka (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


The Surface Pro 3 is 1K! It is going to be hard to justify the value proposition for that to most consumers. I bought one when they came out and the total price was $1500. I know people keep comparing it to a laptop but a tablet is not a laptop unless it can be used comfortably on a lap.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:34

60. miloTheGreat (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


It does fit very comfortably on a lap, and doesn't cook your genitals.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:57 1

45. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


He trolls don't bother too much with him.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:36

49. sgodsell (Posts: 3336; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Windows RT put it simply. There is still no apps.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:35

42. vincelongman (Posts: 4159; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Remember the Pro has Ultrabook/MacBooks components, hence it looks overpriced compared to the iPads
The i3 & i5 128GB Surface Pro 3 pricing aren't that when compare with other Ultrabook/MacBooks
The higher option are worse value though
e.g.
$130+$800 for i3 Pro 3 ($130 is for type cover)
$1000 for Air (13" because the Pro 3's screen is closer to the 13")
$130+$1000 for Pro 3 (same specs as $1000 Air $130 more)
$1200 Air with 256 GB
$130+1300 for Pro 3 with 256GB ($230 more)
$1450 Air with 256GB, i7, 8GB
$130+$1550 Pro 3 with 256GB i7,8GB ($230 more)
$1750 Air with 512GB,i7,8GB
$130+$1950 Pro 3 with 512GB,i7,8GB ($330 more)
But in a way they not too bad since the Pro 3 is tablet, e.g. the iPad Air cost another $499
On another note the Macbook Air and other Ultrabooks are over priced compared to other laptops

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:36 1

48. Bigdtown23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


i always wanted to try it out, but it was just way too expensive..

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:45

50. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Surface pro are great tablets. Only price is stopping me from buying these :(

Come on MS don't terminate the line but come up with some good pricing?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:56

52. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


the only failure here is the price people wont buy a 1200 tablet when a fully pc with mega stats cost half that. If ms drops the price to 800 for biggest and 400 for smaller they would have taken the market. but hey looks like we have a fire sale again cant wait to get one i need to replace my 5 year old laptop.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 11:47

63. abrusia (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


This is pure FUD.

Go to the Surface Blog and read what was posted on Oct. 9th - title of the article is Surface Pro 3 is for Business Especially

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:32 12

2. tntwit (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I don't think a 12 inch tablet running desktop software was ever competing with large screen phones.

I really like the Surface Pro 3, and I doubt I'm alone.

The deal breaker is the high price tag and I think that is really what has hampered sales.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:29 2

38. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This is true, the Surface Pro is priced higher than many other convertibles, Walmart in my area was selling a full on Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet convertible with a Core i3 in it for about 400$ recently.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:46

51. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Surface are probably one of the best hardware from MS. Used Surface Pro 3 for few days and fell in love with it. But it was just way too expensive :(

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:33 1

3. VTEChump (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


Really? In other news, posted TODAY on surface blog...

“We believe a strength of the Microsoft platform for enterprise is the rich ecosystem of hardware and applications developed by our partners, the community at large, and some of our own teams at Microsoft. In particular with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 we are now offering an enterprise-class device that can deliver great end user productivity. Microsoft is putting its full and sustained support behind the ongoing Surface program as one of a number of great hardware choices for businesses large and small.” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:35 1

5. VTEChump (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


These two stories could not be more antithetical. So which is credible?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:46

15. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Digitimes usually is wrong. But MS being in for the long haul is because they have no choice. See xbox, WPx, and every other failed hardware line MS made, aside from mice/keyboards.

Note, xbox is no longer a failure and might now have started to make a profit.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:05 1

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5116; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


It has made profits in the past with the 360, there is even financial reports that showed it turned a profit. However when you through R&D into the mix for the xone, it went backwards.

This is nothing new, this has happened since the ps1, and even before it is why most companies got out, Atari, Sega, the list is very long.

The longer term goal is to get MS into the living rooms, which they have in the order of 70million homes.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:53

34. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


According to most sources, Microsoft is moving away from ARM based Surface tablets, but have expressed their support for the Surface Pro tablet business. Among those sources are sites like WPCentral, which usually have a good dialogue and accurate info coming from Microsoft, and even Satya Nadella himself.

Basically, Digitimes, the source for this article, is incorrect. They made wildly inaccurate assumptions and jumped to this conclusion.

What I can't fathom is why PA chose to use this source rather than many more reputable ones out there right now.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:36 1

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Pretty nice hardware, otherwise not going to miss them at all.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:37 1

8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


NOOOOO!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:40 8

9. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


LOWER THE PRICE !

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:41 2

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I don't care. This is a useless compromise. Still better than a normal tablet, but I'm not sure what this thing wants to be. Because it's not a laptop yet.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:41 2

11. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


WHAAAAATTTT ???

everyone else is reporting the exact opposite....
What they might stop is the ARM version ...

http://www.wpcentral.com/satya-nadella-says-microsoft-has-full-and-sustained-support-surface-program
http://www.wpcentral.com/new-report-says-microsoft-may-end-production-arm-based-surface-tablets

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro-line-is-here-to-stay-7000034509/

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-confirms-its-working-on-a-new-surface-pro
http://www.neowin.net/news/nadella-microsoft-committed-to-surface-line

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:41 2

12. jove39 (Posts: 1825; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


High price, comparatively (Nexus7 & iPad) small battery life and un-suitable OS for touch screens are main reasons for Surface's fail.

I have played with Pro3 in local MS store...I liked form factor...but MS still has a long way to go...to make windows usable on small touch screens. I hope MS continues to invest in Surface program.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:38

61. miloTheGreat (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Your compare it to a Nexus 7? and an iPad? 9 hour battery life with an i7 processor?

Let me tell you, I've ditched my old power laptop (Alienware m11x) and 8 core desktop with a surface, and 8 hours is easy.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:46 1

14. Starrbuck (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)


I'm fairly certain they mean the Surface line only, not the Surface PRO.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:49 1

17. VTEChump (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


Even though the source article explicity states "Surface Pro 3"? I guess I won't be getting any more news from DigTimes.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:38 1

22. Starrbuck (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)


Just a guess, but with the push into these, the deal they struck with the NFL to be the official tablet this season, and other things, this would really shock me.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:47

16. cdgoin (Posts: 511; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Very possible they are "killing" the surface to go a different route with Win10. They should have never done the RT versions.. and just lowered the price. Nice tablet though.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:59 1

19. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


Nadella's comments make more sense now. When I first saw the news about him voicing MS's commitment it didn't really make sense in the vacuum.

Nadella's announcement does make it clear though that the pro models will not be going anywhere anytime soon. I imagine the source article (and their sources) just got Surface and Surface pro confused. Mary Jo Foley basically just said the same thing about the Surface (again, not to be confused with the Surface Pro) so it is likely you won't be seeing anymore of the RT tablets.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:52

23. HarryWild (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Maybe now; they will focus on getting it act together and find some way of marketing their Nokia Lumia brand phones to all buyers instead of trying to force them to switch carriers and have the phone be limited by radio frequencies so the phone remains exclusive to that one carrier alone.

Many WP users just think Microsoft is stupid to not allow existing buyers from staying with there current carriers.

How about a high end unlocked WP model this time around?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:40

43. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


3 of the 4 carriers had at least offered a lukewarm embrace for WP. Im sure Sprint is what the holdup on that is.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:52 2

24. VLaRueC (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


At first, I saw concerned. Then I looked who posted the article. Alan F-urthest thing from the truth! DigiTimes? You would have better luck reposting articles from The Onion...

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:09 1

26. elitewolverine (Posts: 5116; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would never expect PA to actually run an article with 'true' reports.

I cousins friend, who works at taco bell, over heard a guy in a white shirt, who coincidently is the guy who cuts the lawn, heard from an intern that MS is no longer making software...

Come on PA, every new outlet is posting about the ARM version, and rightly fully so if the windows platform becomes 'one'. At that point it would make the surface arm a phone.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:13

28. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


If it ain't good, don't keep it.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:28

30. 87186 (Posts: 263; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


WP central is reporting their eliminating their ARM based Surface tablet, not the Intel based. Since that has been the rumor for a while, I'll go with WP Central's article.

Phonearena is so slanted they probably just heard the key words and decided to type a story.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:28 1

31. kach22 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I would say a sensible decision on the part of Microsoft. Surface 3 is a good product but way too overpriced to attract buyers.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:50

32. plumix (Posts: 70; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


I have win the amr version and it really suck. That's why I didn't get the pro line.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 06:51

65. miloTheGreat (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


GOOD.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:53 1

33. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


It's cause they cost so much nobody can really afford them but they are awesome.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:54

35. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Check your sources, PA.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:04

36. surethom (Posts: 612; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


I want a nice large tablet for home use anything less than 10" is way too small, maybe it's not large phones that's the problem it's probably the price of the large tablets that's the problem.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:12 1

37. skymitch89 (Posts: 1292; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I like the Surface Pro line, but they're asking a ridiculously high price. Why pay a total of $1228.29 a Surface Pro 3 (4Gb RAM, 128Gb storage, 4th gen Core i5, and Type cover keyboard) when you can pay $799.99 for the HP Split x2 with the same exact specs but a slightly larger display with a slightly lower resolution. I think that if Microsoft really wants to be successful in the tablet department, they shouldn't charge soo much for their tablets.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 06:50

64. miloTheGreat (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


I'm sorry the Split is a pale comparison. Resolution is poor, physical disk, average battery, warranty (only 1 year).

HP split is an entry level convertible.

Add a 2160 x 1440 with wacom pen and touch display, 9 hour battery, 2 year manu warranty, + 3rd year, retailer warranty. Honesty, difference class.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:34

41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Now that kinda sucks. Was hoping for a SURFACE MINI.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:46

44. TA700 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I hope this isn't happening, really like the Pro 3. It's most of what I want just waiting for a more efficient CPU, moreover my Surface Pro still works well. I wonder if MS expects us to treat it like phones, replace it every year or 2.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:31

46. rusty518 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Um people really shouldn't jump to conclusions. I can't post the URL but check out the Surface Blog. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay."

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:32

47. Angel62 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


The price is the primary reason it does not sell; the second is it is not exciting and is late in the game; third it is kind of heavy and warm which could be compensated by 30% lower price; and last $120 keyboard (for that much I can buy dissent tablet) - I'd expect such priced keyboard to deliver additional 8hrs battery life.
One note most professional will agree - "non-glare screen". We do not buy super expensive media player but tool to work with in lit environment and seeing the lights behind instead what is on the screen is very tiresome for the eyes and after 4-6hrs it is PAINFUL.

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