Analysts claim Microsoft Surface sales strong in retail stores

Microsoft has yet to officially comment on sales of its Microsoft Surface tablets so far. The Windows RT-based device has seen quick sell outs of its online inventory so far and some Microsoft Store retail locations saw long lines outside the day that the Surface went on sale.

While Microsoft won't talk about its first Surface sales numbers, two analysts are not afraid to give their comments. Marketwatch.com reports that, in a note to his clients, Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse stated, "We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent."

He added that so far there have been only a few returns of the Surface to those stores, and most of the returns are due to the fact that the Windows RT version of the tablet can't run older Windows programs.

Another analyst, Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest, also made a survey of some Microsoft Store locations and said that sales in those places were "strong". He added that most of the stores have already had at least one replenishment of their Surface inventories.

All in all, the first 10 days of the Surface launch seem to have been successful for Microsoft and we will see if the rate of sales continue through the busy holiday season.

Source: Marketwatch.com | Image via News.com

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I knew some people would be confused about Surface capabilities. RT can't run desktop apps. For $499, people ran out thinking this is a fully capable Windows tablet PC and it isn't.

Microsoft needs to do better in informing consumers. The RT commercials need to focus on the fact that it can't run any desktop apps with the exception of the version of Office it comes with.

TsarNikky said,
I see little mention of practical uses by businesses. Consider it a purely consumer product, along with smartphones.

Got it in one. Hit the nail right on the head. It is a consumer device. The Pro model (Pro as in Professional for Businesses people) will be released in January.

I want Windows RT to be a sucess but when an 'analyst' says something thats against Microsoft everyone turns on him for his career choice, but that won't happen in this article XD

I love my surface.. feel so much more at home with it than I did with my iPad.

One thing that irks me though is this... how the feck have Microsoft allowed the solitaire, minesweeper and mahjong apps not be ARM compatible? I'm sure the release of surface didn't come as a surprise to them lol

TCLN Ryster said,
I love my surface.. feel so much more at home with it than I did with my iPad.

One thing that irks me though is this... how the feck have Microsoft allowed the solitaire, minesweeper and mahjong apps not be ARM compatible? I'm sure the release of surface didn't come as a surprise to them lol

The descriptions for solitaire, minesweeper and mahjong all state that the ARM version is coming.

TCLN Ryster said,
One thing that irks me though is this... how the feck have Microsoft allowed the solitaire, minesweeper and mahjong apps not be ARM compatible? I'm sure the release of surface didn't come as a surprise to them lol

You could have bought a five hundred dollar deck of cards instead.

The product is good, if it maintains the same momentum and is in news then the success will follow. It has everything that can make it a success, it deserves to gain its share of the market.

I'll gladly purchase a Surface, so release the thing in my country already! There are million more Surface sales just waiting to happen if MS would bring Surface as globally as Apple's iPad. You can now even buy iPads at a local bookstore. Everybody is selling iPads, from electronic stores (that normally dont sell computers) to supermarkets.

I went to the god forsaken mall over the weekend to checkout an MS kiosk my friend told me about. He was going to buy a Surface, I had no intention of doing so. After playing with one while he bought one, I caved and got a base model. The thing is slick. I spent all weekend with Netflix on one side of the screen, and IE10 in the main portion. That my friends, was heaven.

MikeInBA said,
I went to the god forsaken mall over the weekend to checkout an MS kiosk my friend told me about. He was going to buy a Surface, I had no intention of doing so. After playing with one while he bought one, I caved and got a base model. The thing is slick. I spent all weekend with Netflix on one side of the screen, and IE10 in the main portion. That my friends, was heaven.

lol, nice to know. I've been on the fence about getting my girl one....I think I'll take her to the Microsoft store next week and see what she thinks about it.

Why return it? Even though there's still a lack of apps (at least for me) there's plenty there and the build quality of the surface is so high, throw in full blown Office 2013 and there's just no reason to return it. That plus all the essentials, Web browsing, email etc.

It's good, really good and will only get better.

MorganX said,
Why return it? Even though there's still a lack of apps (at least for me) there's plenty there and the build quality of the surface is so high, throw in full blown Office 2013 and there's just no reason to return it. That plus all the essentials, Web browsing, email etc.

It's good, really good and will only get better.

I went with a buddy to buy one. He was wanting something he could carry and trade stocks on. I told him 3-4 times on the way there, "I dont think they have an app for your trading acct...if thats what you are wanting, you need to wait for Pro, or get an iPad". He didnt listen. He took it home and txt-ed me about an hour later "Man this thing doesnt have an app for Scott Trade...and I cant install the regular app". Total face palm and rage ran through me. "Its not a desktop, remember....how i told you...3-4 times....?" To my surprise he decided to keep it because of Xbox Music.

Well there's no way to tell what apps actually exist without first having a Windows 8 box in the first place. I'd be willing to guess that right now, a Surface may be your first chance to check out the Windows store.

rfirth said,

They did. It's called "Windows 8".


If that's a facelift, someone needs to sue that surgeon or take away that license.

So what were all the haters saying that a $500 tablet would never sell? Idiots.

Also:

, and most of the returns are due to the fact that the Windows RT version of the tablet can't run older Windows programs.

Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand? A cursory read-through of the product description on the store tells you it can run old programs, and the folks at the Microsoft Store should know this as well. The minimal text on the box itself mentions it as well.

I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.

siah1214 said,
I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.

You might be right but I can see the typical iPad user not knowing RT from Qtip. That being said, that type of user probably isn't trying to run legacy apps on the tablet either. It's inevitable that there will be some returns. Everything gets some returns including iPads.

siah1214 said,
Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand?

Price is irrelevant. A $300 laptop runs 'older Windows programs' just fine.

Vannos said,

Price is irrelevant. A $300 laptop runs 'older Windows programs' just fine.

Im not quite sure how this relates to researching a product, but it does display the overall feeling I think the "general public" have about Surface. They are expecting a full blown desktop in tablet, and are surprised when they see its basically the MS equivalent of an iPad. It is my opinion that MS hasnt done a good job of explaining what RT is to the consumer.

siah1214 said,
So what were all the haters saying that a $500 tablet would never sell? Idiots.

Also:


Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand? A cursory read-through of the product description on the store tells you it can run old programs, and the folks at the Microsoft Store should know this as well. The minimal text on the box itself mentions it as well.

I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.


Lol so when one analyst says he thinks the Surface is overpriced people are falling over themselves to call all analysts a joke and they could do the job but suddenly this is gospel? I think I'll wait for actual sales figures. Still sceptical that it will make much of a dent in the market with its high price trying to compete with the ipad. Apple sold 3 million in 3 days. I don't think MS even shipped that many.

MorganX said,

Everything gets some returns including iPads.

QUite right. Although I hear some Mini iPads are being returned with bloodstains on them........

siah1214 said,
So what were all the haters saying that a $500 tablet would never sell? Idiots.

Also:


Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand? A cursory read-through of the product description on the store tells you it can run old programs, and the folks at the Microsoft Store should know this as well. The minimal text on the box itself mentions it as well.

I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.

You can't rationalize stupidity. Why try? These people surely thought this was a fully capable Windows Tablet that could run their apps.

Its Microsoft's fault in not informing users better. But the consumer has to take the bulk of the fault. They don't even read, and they don't pay attention.

siah1214 said,
So what were all the haters saying that a $500 tablet would never sell? Idiots.

Also:


Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand? A cursory read-through of the product description on the store tells you it can run old programs, and the folks at the Microsoft Store should know this as well. The minimal text on the box itself mentions it as well.

I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.

You can't rationalize stupidity. Why try? These people surely thought this was a fully capable Windows Tablet that could run their apps.

Its Microsoft's fault in not informing users better. But the consumer has to take the bulk of the fault. They don't even read, and they don't pay attention.

siah1214 said,
So what were all the haters saying that a $500 tablet would never sell? Idiots.

Also:


Who the hell buys a $500-700 item and doesn't do any research on it beforehand? A cursory read-through of the product description on the store tells you it can run old programs, and the folks at the Microsoft Store should know this as well. The minimal text on the box itself mentions it as well.

I think those people bought it knowing that it can't run old programs just to kick the tires, and were planning on getting the Pro all along...that's the only rational explanation.

You can't rationalize stupidity. Why try? These people surely thought this was a fully capable Windows Tablet that could run their apps.

Its Microsoft's fault in not informing users better. But the consumer has to take the bulk of the fault. They don't even read, and they don't pay attention.