Ballmer: We Built too Many Surface RT Units, Let Down by Windows Sales

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

Microsoft has had this week an internal event and NeoWin obtained some information from it. It comes at no surprise for most of us that Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer admitted they have built way too many Surface tablets. We were not aware how many Surface RT tablets MSFT built, but when we first heard about the discounted price, it made sense there were just too many.

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But now, Steve Ballmer himself has admitted the issue that has caused Microsoft to write-off almost one billion dollars

We built a few more devices than we could sell

Nex-gen Surface RT is on the books

Steve Ballmer has also talked a little about the next-generation Surface RT, saying that there will be typical improvements which probably means a bump in specs.The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor might make its way into the tablets, as well. Ballmer also referred to Windows sales:

We’re not selling as many Windows devices as we want to

He is not referring only to Windows 8 sales, but also to Windows Phone and other versions. Maybe the recent partnership between Microsoft and Best Buy will allow the Redmond company to sell more devices in more than 500 news locations with Windows Stores. And maybe the Windows 8.1 update will also help them.

Microsoft is now under a lot of pressure from investors, as its stock went down by more than ten percent after the latest earnings conference call. Now, they need to move quickly to manage to confirm or to beat estimates for the next quarter.

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