Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best.
“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,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients.
The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after.
He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year.
Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round of inventory replenishments.
Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered between 3-5 million Surface tablets for the holiday season. Hitting that goal would likely brand the tablet an unqualified success, which Microsoft will presumably announce, rather than leaving us to rely on analyst speculation.
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