Steve Ballmer may have admitted a “modest” start to the proceedings, but whichever way you look at it the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet is looking more and more like a failure in the making by the day. In fact, technology authorities and analyst groups in growing numbers are writing off the lower-end Windows RT Tablet as not only something of an abject misfire in Microsoft’s ongoing bout of turbulence, but also another very good reason why CEO Ballmer should walk…or be ousted.
Microsoft last week issued a statement informing the world that Windows 8 sales had already topped the 40 million mark, which given its short time on the market sounds like quite the achievement to say the least. Sadly, the uptake of Windows 8 has already paled in comparison to the early days of previous versions, leading to concerns that the PC market as a whole is fading fast in the face of the tablet PC and Smartphone revolution.
In fact, when comparing the global saturation of platforms like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS to Windows 8, Microsoft is barely a spec on the map.
What makes the situation such a concern is the way in which the Surface Tablet was supposed to bridge the gap in the market for Microsoft and enable the software giant to remain strong and competitive as consumer and corporate focus shifts away from standard PCs and favors tablets instead. Sadly, while Windows 8 isn’t exactly off the record-breaking start the company will have been hoping for, the Surface RT Tablet’s performance is looking even worse.
Still, there remains the mystery of the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet for which a release date and even a comprehensive spec-sheet is yet to be announced – we do however know that the entry-level version will retail for $899. Successful or otherwise, it seems doubtful that such a premium-priced tablet will prove enough to transform Microsoft’s current fortunes, begging questions as to what exactly they could do to return to strength.