Surface 3 is on its final legs: Microsoft to end its life by 2017

By: Vamien McKalin
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The time has come for Microsoft to end manufacturing of its Surface 3. It should be clear by now the Surface 3 is pretty old, and with the Surface Pro 5 rumored for an early 2017 release, it makes sense for the software giant to cease producing its most popular Surface for Windows 10.

With the plan slated to end manufacturing in December of this year, it’ll be impossible to get your hands on a brand new Surface 3 in 2017. Furthermore, the software giant also confirmed it has a limited inventory of the Surface 3, which could explain why some variants of the device are currently out of stock.

Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers. Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices.

Microsoft never really talked about the Surface 4, only the Surface Pro 4. There might be a chance the company will return to the watered-down version of the Surface line because they are less expensive to own. It is clear that Microsoft needs a less expensive Windows 10 device to better compete and to get more users to jump on the bandwagon.

The Surface 3 is an entry level Windows device released at $399. At the moment, Microsoft does not have a newer Surface model at that price point, and that’s a problem that needs to be fixed. We bet current Surface 3 owners would love the option to upgrade, something Microsoft is probably aware of.

If you’re a huge fan of the Surface line of devices and have the cash to throw around, then the Surface Hub might very well be up your ally.

Outside of the Surface 3, we understand Microsoft could be working on the Surface Phone, a powerful Windows 10 Mobile device that could hit store shelves by early or mid-2017.

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