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Nokia Windows RT Tablet Analysis

Don’t do it, Nokia

August 15th, 2013

In the darker corners of my paranoid mind, I’ve always mused about the possibility that Microsoft sent its former executive Stephen Elop to intentionally sabotage Nokia so that its share price would crash, thus making it easy for Microsoft to buy it on the cheap. While this is admittedly a delusional conspiracy theory, I think …

Microsoft Surface RT Sales Lawsuit

Microsoft may be about to lose even more money on the Surface RT

August 14th, 2013

Microsoft has already taken a $900 million hit on the Surface RT but it soon may have to pay out even more. AllThingsD reports that law firm Robbins, Geller, Rudman, & Dowd has filed a complaint against Microsoft alleging that the company misrepresented sales of its Surface RT tablet to investors. In particular, the firm says …

Microsoft Surface RT Price Cut

The $350 price may be right for the Surface RT

July 29th, 2013

It was obvious to many that Microsoft’s Surface RT was overpriced when it first released but the company’s recent price cut on the device may be giving it a second life. ZDNet notes that Walmart “may have just sold out temporarily of Microsoft’s recently discounted Surface RT devices,” a sign that, at the very least, …

Microsoft Surface Failure Analysis

Surface debacle shows Microsoft still struggling to keep it simple

July 29th, 2013

One of the reasons that Apple has been so successful has been its obsession with keeping its products as simple as possible so that computing novices have no problems with using them right out of the box. Microsoft has long understood that this has been a key part of Apple’s appeal, but as The New …

Ballmer Surface RT Windows 8

Ballmer reportedly admits Surface was a flop, says Windows 8 sales are disappointing

July 26th, 2013

Although Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has always exuded unwavering confidence in public interviews, behind closed doors he’s apparently being much more candid. The Verge reports that Microsoft held an in-house town hall event this week where Ballmer admitted to Microsoft employees that the company “built a few more” Surface RT tablets “than we could sell,” …

Surface RT Siri Ad

Video: Microsoft keeps taking shots at iPad despite Surface debacle

July 19th, 2013

Poor Surface sales be damned: Microsoft is moving forward with its Siri-mocking advertising campaign. The company previously compared the ASUS Vivo Tab and Dell XPS 10 to Apple’s iPad. In a series of television commercials using a fake Siri voiceover, Microsoft has repeatedly mocked the iPad’s limited capabilities such as no expandable storage, no USB port and high …

Tablet Market Flops Analysis

Recent tech history is littered with the corpses of failed tablets

July 19th, 2013

Whom the gods wish to destroy, first they have enter the tablet market. After Microsoft announced yesterday that it was writing off $900 million due to excess Surface RT inventory, it became just the latest company to have failed to create a tablet capable of competing with Apple’s iPad and cheaper Android tablets such as …

Microsoft Surface RT Launch Mistakes Analysis

How did Microsoft screw up the Surface RT this badly?

July 19th, 2013

Microsoft’s mistakes during the launch of its first tablet were obvious to many people, but it was still shocking to hear on Thursday that the company would write down a whopping $900 million due to excess Surface RT inventory. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who knows Microsoft better than just about any other reporter out there, finds herself …

Microsoft Surface RT Discounts

Microsoft slashes Surface tablet prices for schools

June 18th, 2013

In what appears to be a desperate attempt to clear out inventory buildup, Microsoft will offer its Surface RT tablet to educational institutions at shockingly deep discounts. The tablet is available to schools and universities from now until August 31st starting at $199 for the 32GB model. The touch keyboard cover will add $50 to …