Microsoft's Surface tablets won't be discontinued, new Pro line confirmed

Microsoft's Surface tablets won't be discontinued, new Pro line confirmed
Earlier today, a report from Taiwan had it that Microsoft would terminate its Surface tablet business, following lower than expected sales. However, that isn’t the case, and, in fact, Microsoft says that the latest Surface, the Pro 3, “is off to a strong start with both individuals and businesses.”

In an article posted over at the official Surface blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company “is putting its full and sustained support behind the ongoing Surface program.” What’s more, Microsoft confirmed that it’s already planning a next-generation Surface Pro line, which will be compatible with the current Surface Pro 3 accessories (including the docking station and the type covers).

Microsoft also reconfirmed that the Surface Pro 3 is upgradeable to Windows 10 (although, of course, this won’t be out until mid / late 2015). Microsoft remains confident that a Surface Pro can replace laptops, as well as other tablets. According to the Redmond giant, “most businesses are buying Surface when their employees need a laptop and want to avoid having to buy and carry an iPad too.”

So, there you have it: the Surface tablets aren’t riding off into the sunset. Well, at least not the Pro models.


source: Microsoft

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Surface Pro 3
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core i7
  • Storage 512 GB

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34 Comments

1. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

just sell it in more countries... Microsoft's problem is it doesn't belive in asia and middle east! it IS Motorola's problem too!

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Phew....I was shocked to see the last article and was very disappointed. Come up with some reasonable pricing MS and these devices will sell like hot cakes. Pricing is the only factor which is keeping people away from these great devices.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, also they need to market it as a hybrid so everyone knows its not just a tablet Also 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) MS just need should bundle the Type Cover free and match Apple's prices for the higher configs

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm waiting for Pro 4 just to buy 3 for lower price.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I agree (Are.) Strong wave of development and technological advances in the regions, area is primed to use technology!

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Fix the pricing and they'll see more sales.

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

And availability too

4. maxnooze

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I see this argument often but really don't understand why. After having just recently purchased my own SP3 +type cover for 1080 with taxes, it comes to only 80 bucks more than the similarly spec'd competitor and considered "leader" of ultrabooks, the 13" MBA. In the ultrabooks sector, prices are around that high, and the only other I was considering was the yogatab 2. The argument that for the price of the Surface 3, you are getting a tablet, a computer, and a semi wacom tablet is one I've seldom seen, and frankly I have to agree.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Okay. So explain to me why I should get the Lenovo Miix 2 that's priced at $689 on newegg over the Pro 3.

11. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The MacBook Air is just overpriced.

17. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Apple products in general are overpriced. Also, PapaSmurf... what happened to your old prof pic?

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Of me or the Burberry one...? I like this one since it was on a CD I had years ago lol.

27. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I got used to the Burberry one! "You stay classy San Diego"

14. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1455; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The fact that these tablets have limited storage they are over priced. Scalability, and mobility is all that you really get in these half pint PC's. I build PC's, and I feel they would make a great addition to the desktop, but as a stand alone tablet it is way over priced unless you need to be mobile. Gaming is better on a laptop, and way better on a desktop so paying 1000.00 plus to surf the web is unwarranted....it just depends on your "needs" and most people don't need it for that price! For a grand I can build a nice desktop.

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yes.. Yes... Yes... I told my brother to take his Surface RT to college and went ahead and built him a PC. Best of both worlds! (I had to struggle through a desktop replacement laptop - oxymoron - and netbooks... This is before tablets... but I ended up building a PC for my senior year anyways... too little too late. But better late than never.)

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not a single tablet does what the surface does in all regards. To top it off, at 799, it is not 'out of price' range. Especially since students get tons of discount from the MS store for software and hardware. Lets not forget a comparable wifi 64gb Samsung 12in tablet costs 849 and is 100 off right now so 749. 749 for half a pc or 799 for a full pc with more powerful hardware and software?

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yea, and that's $799 before discounts (which are abundant, especially - as you mentioned - for students!)

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can keep your Surface Pro 3 and I'll keep my MBPr. Reason being is OS X is imo better than W8.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

To each their own. As long as it works. I can honestly say the MBPr is a great device, though i am not fond of OSX by any means.

5. HASHTAG unregistered

I think the price is right, and you guys are just cheap. Looking forward to buying this next month!

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Cheap? I just dropped over $2000 these past two weeks on the 6 Plus and MBPr lol.

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1541; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Is that all? $2000 for a luxury phone and mid-end laptop is cheap.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Mid end laptop? Wow I didn't know a laptop with the most pixels in the world was mid end. With that logic the Note 4 is a low end phone. My oh my am I sorry.

25. MuddyCow

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Most pixels in the world, you what bruh?

26. Furbal unregistered

there are quite a few laptops with higher resolution, not to say macbook pros are not nice.

34. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

1Gb RAM on a 'cheap' aluminum Smartphone makes it cheap! Yes, it's also bendable cheap!

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

well i thought the surface units are going down the road,waiting for surface pro mini.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Pro 3 is a little too big for me though i do understand the reasoning behind the size and it truly is a very awesome tablet. probably what i'll do though is just sell my 128GB Surface Pro and get a 256GB Surface Pro 2.

19. etron

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

799 for 64 gigs too high and from what I understand it doesn't come with keyboard cover that is extra I like the surface looks nice but expensive rather get a laptop and get more for my money

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

By more you mean? Portability? Battery? Harddrive speed? Stylus optimizations? Resolution?

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