Microsoft sells over 16,000 discounted Surface tablets so far at WPC 2013

Microsoft had previously announced that the people who were planning to attend the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston this week would be able to purchase the Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet on site at greatly reduced prices, similar to what they offered at TechEd in New Orleans in June. Today, Microsoft revealed that sales of those tablets during WPC 2013 were even higher than they expected.

Just a reminder: Microsoft is selling the Surface RT with a touch cover for just $99 at WPC 2013, while the Surface Pro's price is $399 without the touch cover. Today, during the day 3 keynote address, Microsoft's partners division leader Jon Roskill told the audience that in the first two days, they have sold over 16,000 Surface tablets at WPC 2013.

Apparently, the demand was so massive that WPC attendees had to stand in line for quite a while to get their Surface products. Roskill said that for the final day of the event the line has now been reduced to about a half hour. WPC attendees can also purchase a limited edition Touch Cover for the Surface made especially for the event. While the covers apparently had some issues getting to Houston thanks to hold up at U.S. Customs, they did arrive this week.

Considering that Microsoft has never officially said anything about the sales of its Surface tablets since the Surface RT launched in October, it's interesting that the company felt the need to reveal sales numbers for the tablet as part of WPC 2013.

Source: Microsoft

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If anything this should show how big WPC is, 16,000 sold? I'm sure the limit was 2 per person as with Teched and build, so even then that's 8,000, and that's IF everyone who went to WPC went to buy one which I'm thinking is not the case.

Anyways, these are the people and the places MS should be selling it's own hardware at very good prices to as they're the ones who go out and then resell MS's software/services and now hardware to others.

They did just recently open it up to resellers as well. I don't know how many they've sold to date but we know for sure they're not being sold at anywhere near a loss per unit compared to Kindle Fires and so on. Even if they end up selling say, 10million of the first gen units total that's a good chunk of revenue coming in at the prices they're sold at.

Dane said,
Is there anyplace online to buy them that's close to that price?

Most likely not. Just giving the attendees who payed the ticket price to get in to WPC a discount.

Neowin, emphasis on the WIN, as this has clearly become Windows fanboy central... Any chance you can get to bash anything not Windows is astounding...

What happened to the days when this place used to be impartial?

So it's suffering from the same problem the Playbook and WebOS, at unsustainable prices it sells really well but not so much at it's regular price

Rudy said,
So it's suffering from the same problem the Playbook and WebOS, at unsustainable prices it sells really well but not so much at it's regular price

Uh, the Surface has been selling just fine at regular prices. The Pro model, especially.

Dot Matrix said,

Uh, the Surface has been selling just fine at regular prices. The Pro model, especially.

Where I work we have sold 5 total since release.

Rudy said,
So it's suffering from the same problem the Playbook and WebOS, at unsustainable prices it sells really well but not so much at it's regular price
The price for these things is more than reasonable. The lack of applications, brand recognition, and the maturity of the other ecosystems has been the crippling factor. All of those things are being chipped away pretty quickly. With Windows 8.1 and the app store filling up with solid applications/games the RT will be even more appealing at this price.