Microsoft pulling stock of Surface Pro 2 from physical stores

It has been roughly two weeks since the release of the well-received Surface Pro 3. As the successor of the Pro 2, many wondered whether Microsoft would keep the Pro 2 as part of its tablet device line-up. 

According to Windows Phone Central, Microsoft Stores are sending all or most of their stock of Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 2 accessories back to Microsoft. The device will continue to be stocked in limited numbers at certain stores, but will mainly be used for customer issues or replacements. While this is currently just isolated to Microsoft Stores, it is not indicative of what might be occurring at other retail chains. 

Those who would like to still get their hands on the Surface Pro 2 will be happy to know that it can still be ordered from the Microsoft Store website. Currently, the site has stock of all the models with the exception of the 64GB unit.

Although Microsoft seems to be putting the Surface Pro 3 at the forefront of its tablet offerings, with its recent acquisition of Nokia, it could introduce another option, the successor to the Lumia 2520, later this year.

Source: Windows Phone Central  | Image via Microsoft 

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I think that Microsoft got it really wrong when they decided that people would want just one device. I believe that people want specific devices for specific tasks and experiences. If this means having a phone and a tablet and a computer then thats ok.

derekaw said,
I think that Microsoft got it really wrong when they decided that people would want just one device. I believe that people want specific devices for specific tasks and experiences. If this means having a phone and a tablet and a computer then thats ok.

Unless you're collecting ###### or in some silly contest to see who can own the most gadgets, why on Earth would you WANT more devices than absolutely necessary? You would only want specialized devices if and only if the specialized device can offer such a better experience it outweighs the cost and the headache of maintaining, charging, and transporting multiple devices.

Hell, a tablet isn't even all that specialized. I could use a touchscreen notebook to handle the vast majority of the use cases that a tablet is capable of handling. A device like the SP3, which allows the keyboard to be removed, can handle the remaining use cases that would be cumbersome with an attached keyboard.

Think of the entire "Surface" line as one's secondary computer, to be used for surfing the Internet and downloading content. Use one's other computer as the primary for the real work needing to be done. This way, all the heartburn and anguish related to the Surface's severe physical limitations and its native OS become much easier to deal with. Just remember: one size doesn't fit all--never has, never will.

TsarNikky said,
Think of the entire "Surface" line as one's secondary computer, to be used for surfing the Internet and downloading content. Use one's other computer as the primary for the real work needing to be done. This way, all the heartburn and anguish related to the Surface's severe physical limitations and its native OS become much easier to deal with. Just remember: one size doesn't fit all--never has, never will.
I wholeheartedly agree. Keep in mind that many here believe in the "one size fits all" and will disagree with you. Although I know from reading your past posts, you probably don't give a damn. I always enjoy reading your straight to the point/no beating around the bush posts.

Mugwump00 said,
Provocative contrarian twaddle. Again.

Get used to it. TsarNikky likes to spread FUD on this site and on PCWorld. He is notorious for stuff like that.

JHBrown said,
...the "one size fits all"

It's not about "one size fits all", it's about developing a device that adapts to as many personal computing scenarios as possible with the least compromise, to make itself the most attractive proposition on the market.

Inclusive of it's keyboard and docking-station, DP daisy-chaining, possible Thunderbolt etc., it's very compelling, albeit a pricey option.

Ignoring 'native OS' (which I like), I see no physical limitations, 'severe' (rubbish!) or otherwise.

THey said, right from the start when they showed the SP3 that they're not going to make any more SP2s, they're pulling this back and will just sell it online till it runs out while they push the SP3 to retail more.

What I find seriously stupid is how their entry level Surface Pro 2 is the same price as the entry level Surface Pro 3. Sure, it's i5 and 128 GB vs i3 and 64GB, but seriously, a similar Pro 3 is 200 more. Are they just going to reduce the price by 200?

Anonymous1b said,
What I find seriously stupid is how their entry level Surface Pro 2 is the same price as the entry level Surface Pro 3. Sure, it's i5 and 128 GB vs i3 and 64GB, but seriously, a similar Pro 3 is 200 more. Are they just going to reduce the price by 200?

You just answered your own criticism. Different hardware specs.

You have to remember that the Surface Pro 2 did not get magically cheaper to produce (nor did the cost of goods drop). Inventory has a certain price...

mrp04 said,
Get ready for "refurbished" Surface Pro 2's on the Manufacturer-Certified eBay store.

Yeah right next to the refurbs of ipads, iphones, and MBA's.

Does this mean another write down in Microsoft's next financial report or will they find some way of gifting them to schools or other institutions in the hope of capturing hearts and minds?

They produced a lot less Surface Pro 2's. Every once in a while they would run out of stock on their web store. I don't think they have massive unsold inventory.

I wager they're probably not selling as well in stores (now that the Pro 3 is out), so they're just pulling the stock back to sell it online (where it might be selling better, and certainly has a larger potential audience). I doubt there's any huge write-down coming. They've stopped making them, and already supplies seem to be tight (or they wouldn't be doing this).

Stop trying to interpret this as some sort of "doom and gloom" everybody...

simplezz said,
Does this mean another write down in Microsoft's next financial report or will they find some way of gifting them to schools or other institutions in the hope of capturing hearts and minds?

No, it means that they've stopped production on the device, and they're consolidating the remaining stock.

I'll shut myself up, and stop caring, honestly. Usually I get excited and all that for new products and services, but... meh. As much as I have bought, supported and recommended MS' products, I've felt like lately, everything has been changing so much, and not in a good way. It is like they have a double face, one day doing one thing, the next day doing another thing. They are making it really difficult to have confidence in what they're doing.

New faith in PC gaming -> releases first party games as XO exclusive.
WinRT the new dev platform -> rumours of the core behind it being disabled.
Silly and bad price changes to Office.
Bad distribution model for their newest OS.
Silly marketing and naming schemes for the phones and tablets.
No Start menu -> Start menu.

Just of the top of my head. And now with this, are they abandoning / killing Surface? What the hell are they doing?

elenarie said,
I'll shut myself up, and stop caring, honestly. Usually I get excited and all that for new products and services, but... meh. As much as I have bought, supported and recommended MS' products, I've felt like lately, everything has been changing so much, and not in a good way. It is like they have a double face, one day doing one thing, the next day doing another thing. They are making it really difficult to have confidence in what they're doing.

I agree. They seem to be flip-flopping on everything lately. It's almost as if they can't decide what to do and it's paralysing them.

As you say, it sounds like a crisis of confidence in their own decision making.

elenarie said,

Just of the top of my head. And now with this, are they abandoning / killing Surface? What the hell are they doing?

Clearly they're clearing redundant/unsold stock to make way for a new model. It would be interesting to find out exactly how much stock they have left though.

elenarie said,
And now with this, are they abandoning / killing Surface? What the hell are they doing?

... no, just getting rid of old models in favor of the new ones. Like lots of companies do.

Max Norris said,

... no, just getting rid of old models in favor of the new ones. Like lots of companies do.

I think he might be referring to the abandoning of the brand for Lumia.

Right now they're probably in a state of rebuilding their brand image because Microsoft to the modern consumer does not carry much weight anymore. For the Microsoft we knew and understood adios, and say hello to a newly structured Microsoft in a couple of yrs.

WinRT isn't going anywhere, and any rumors to that effect are ridiculously myopic.

The Surface Pro 3 is an amazing device, and MS *SHOULD* put all their efforts behind getting that into the hands of people. It's just way better than the previous iterations.

They aren't abandoning/killing surface. I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion, but it's ridiculous.

What? They're removing the Surface Pro 2 since the Pro 3 was released and is better in nearly every way. The SP2 will be sold online until the stock runs out. That will probably take a while naturally so they'll also probably sell them as "refurbished" on their eBay store.

elenarie said,
I'll shut myself up, and stop caring, honestly. Usually I get excited and all that for new products and services, but... meh. As much as I have bought, supported and recommended MS' products, I've felt like lately, everything has been changing so much, and not in a good way. It is like they have a double face, one day doing one thing, the next day doing another thing. They are making it really difficult to have confidence in what they're doing.

New faith in PC gaming -> releases first party games as XO exclusive.
WinRT the new dev platform -> rumours of the core behind it being disabled.
Silly and bad price changes to Office.
Bad distribution model for their newest OS.
Silly marketing and naming schemes for the phones and tablets.
No Start menu -> Start menu.

Just of the top of my head. And now with this, are they abandoning / killing Surface? What the hell are they doing?


I know what you mean. Apple and practically every other tech manufacturer does the same exact thing.

pmbAustin said,

The Surface Pro 3 is an amazing device, and MS *SHOULD* put all their efforts behind getting that into the hands of people.

Yes and lowering the ridiculous price tag would be a good start.

Yes and lowering the ridiculous price tag would be a good start.

Also wouldn't do them much hurt to lower the price of the accessories as well. :/

Order_66 said,

Yes and lowering the ridiculous price tag would be a good start.


Yeah because we ALL know that Apple doesn't have ridiculous price tags. Yeah right!!!

Gergel7077 said,

Yeah because we ALL know that Apple doesn't have ridiculous price tags. Yeah right!!!

And because Apple charges ridiculous prices then surely everyone else should too!

Gergel7077 said,

Yeah because we ALL know that Apple doesn't have ridiculous price tags. Yeah right!!!

Did someone imply what Apple didn't? I'm finding it funny that you've been quick with the, "Yeah, but Apple," defense to deflect when Microsoft receives the slightest bit of criticism from their users.

benthebear said,

Did someone imply what Apple didn't? I'm finding it funny that you've been quick with the, "Yeah, but Apple," defense to deflect when Microsoft receives the slightest bit of criticism from their users.


When a comment doesn't mention all manufacturers except for focusing on MS with that criticism, then the implication will always be there. It's not a deflection (as you incorrectly characterize it) as it is opening up the criticism to ALL manufacturers. that includes Samsung, Motorola, HTC etc.

simplezz said,

I agree. They seem to be flip-flopping on everything lately. It's almost as if they can't decide what to do and it's paralysing them.

Erm, what? Changing directions means that you've identified and corrected a mistake.

Being paralyzed means that you don't move AT ALL.

TMYW said,

Erm, what? Changing directions means that you've identified and corrected a mistake.


And yet Microsoft has not admitted to any of their countless and confirmed mistakes lately, and neither have their tiny, minuscule number of zealots.

Order_66 said,
And yet Microsoft has not admitted to any of their countless and confirmed mistakes lately, and neither have their tiny, minuscule number of zealots.

You mean apart from where they said they started making all sorts of changes in response to the complaints they've been getting? Sounds like they're listening. And tiny? Minuscule? Kind of got your blinders on there.

Order_66 said,

And yet Microsoft has not admitted to any of their countless and confirmed mistakes lately, and neither have their tiny, minuscule number of zealots.

Even though this claim is patently and demonstrably false, who flipping cares if they don't "admit" to a mistake? The fact that they are correcting a mistake and doing what consumers want is what matters. You're just manufacturing an excuse to criticize Microsoft now.

TMYW said,

Even though this claim is patently and demonstrably false, who flipping cares if they don't "admit" to a mistake? The fact that they are correcting a mistake and doing what consumers want is what matters. You're just manufacturing an excuse to criticize Microsoft now.

Not at all, when an operating system is a colossal failure, and everyone knows it, what did microsoft do? they made wild and ridiculous claims that it was the greatest thing ever released "The fastest selling operating system of all time", they never admitted it was a failure, not even once.

And the tiny, minuscule number of zealots wouldn't admit it either, instead they wanted to argue semantics and start ridiculous flame wars.

Order_66 said,

Not at all, when an operating system is a colossal failure, and everyone knows it...

You don't speak for "everyone", and the only thing that's a colossal failure is your claim.

pmbAustin said,
There are more people running the "failure" of Win 8.x than ALL versions of OS X combined.

Just a little perspective.

You can add in all desktop versions of Linux to the OSX total too.

I agree with you but I think with a new CEO, you are going to start seeing more discipline in outcomes. The delay of the Surface Mini and the release of Office for iOS and soon Android are indications of doing things right when and only when they are ready.

Personally I think they need to stop mucking around WP8 and simply make the best devices and OSs and support (aka finance) app development. Same with Metro, make it the best Metro you can. The way you do that is make it run like the desktop. There is nothing wrong with the Windows desktop, it has evolved over a decade. Floating windows, visible taskbar, etc are fine and you can hide the taskbar and tile the windows on the desktop, why not allow the same on Metro?

pmbAustin said,
Wait... actual physical numbers that are obvious and proven are just "semantics" to you?

Look in a mirror, dude.

When those numbers do not reflect actual retail sales, absolutely.

I don't even know what you're referring to there. It's a simple fact that there are more Windows 8.x users out there right now, this instant, than ALL OS X users of ALL OS X versions combined. I'm not sure why you're trying to pretend that isn't true, or that isn't a valid statistic...

pmbAustin said,
I don't even know what you're referring to there. It's a simple fact that there are more Windows 8.x users out there right now, this instant, than ALL OS X users of ALL OS X versions combined. I'm not sure why you're trying to pretend that isn't true, or that isn't a valid statistic...

You're just playing the predictable trollish semantics and obvious diversions by comparing a company that has around 95% of the OS market with others that have historically had far less.
Even Vista, the second biggest failure in microsoft's operating system history had more market share than OSX purely out of the market dominance that MS has.

You know this, as most zealots know this, and yet predictably you continue to troll away at it, like most zealots do.

The only one acting like a zealot here is you, dude. It's like you can't even grasp the most simple points because you HAVE to perceive some agenda behind it...because you have an agenda behind your every post. It's called "projection".

pmbAustin said,
The only one acting like a zealot here is you, dude. It's like you can't even grasp the most simple points because you HAVE to perceive some agenda behind it...because you have an agenda behind your every post. It's called "projection".

It's very clear who the zealot is, kid, I'm not the one on here defending a company or anyone else for that matter, you are.

My statement is simply accurate, and I have no idea why you're taking any exception to it at all. If an MS "failure" represents selling more product than ALL of the OSX copies Apple gave away for free... well, then. It says a lot.

Besides, I use Windows 8.1 Update 1 every day. It's easily the best version of Windows ever made. To call it a "failure" is just stupid.