“Early demand for Microsoft’s first computer, the Surface tablet, seems ‘disappointing,’ said Craig Berger, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. And computer makers have been hampered in introducing tablets by limits Microsoft imposed on which manufacturers got a crack at prototypes, and by delays in Intel power-management software,” King and Bass report. “The holdup is making it harder for personal-computer makers, already beleaguered by plummeting demand, to challenge Apple and Google Inc. during the year-end holiday shopping season.”
MacDailyNews Take: Beleaguered.
King and Bass report, “FBR’s Berger wrote in a note last week that Surface sales ‘have underwhelmed expectations.’ Microsoft has declined to comment on Surface sales, which isn’t a positive sign, said Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft. ‘When Microsoft is stealthy about numbers, that usually means something,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: People want real iPads, not garbage with a kickstand.
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