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

Microsoft Surface RT to hit retail stores very soon;
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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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB

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33 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

14. MeoCao unregistered

Ballmer is an ideal CEO, well almost What he lacks is credibility

32. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

33. MeoCao unregistered

+1, that's exactly what I meant

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

22. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 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.

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.

2. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

SSD, all you need for speed

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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!

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

10. redmd

Posts: 1916; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

this is so true. the memories are coming back.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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

8. redmd

Posts: 1916; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

flip flop just reminds me of something naughty haha

12. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Made me lol :P

13. MeoCao unregistered

This guy is funny LOL

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

More like unwise®©™

7. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

should be cheaper!!! cut down the prices microsoft!!! i cant wait for next surface RT with only 8.6" screen size!

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

True it should be $100 less™®©

24. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

27. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That's what I was refering™®©

15. jove39

Posts: 2142; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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?

29. costeakai

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

31. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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