With Surface tanking, clueless Microsoft digs faster

“Microsoft just doesn’t know when to stop doing itself severe damage, and it’s latest desperate move is no exception.,” Charlie Demerjian writes for SemiAccurate. “If you thought it’s ‘valued partners’ were incensed before, just wait until you see how happy they are now.”

“The latest move is one again around that unloved child of Redmond that has seen abysmal sales. No not Windows 8, the other unloved child of Redmond, the Surface tablet,” Demerjian writes. “If you recall, Microsoft placated the OEMs a little, and we do mean little, by promising to only sell Surface through Microsoft stores and their direct web site… And so Surface failed, and Microsoft reacted, and broke their promises to the entire OEM base. Now you can buy a Surface at Best Buy, others will soon follow. That sub-1% non-Surface tablet sales number may be the high water mark. See Microsoft. See Microsoft panic. See Microsoft have no clue. See Microsoft management flail. See Microsoft react. See Microsoft kick the other leg out from under their OEM partners. See problem? Microsoft sure doesn’t.”

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  1. I’m beginning to worry about M$ and I don’t want them to fail. Somebody has to make crappy versions of Apple products so the idiots will have something to buy, but maybe Chrome will fill that hole.

  2. People have said MS can afford all these consumer product disasters because their other products rake in lots of money. But those will not be enough to keep investors mollified much longer, because this company’s stock has been range-bound for a dozen years (after getting cut in half) and the yield is only 3+%.

  3. Rome fell when it could not manage the costs of holding onto all its land.

    Microsoft has been adamantly blockading the mountaintop of OS revenue for decades keeping out challengers to the “desktop.”

    Thus they have ignored the hardware changes and skills needed in that market to their detriment.

    The average business user does NOT need MS when an intranet or internet web based solution works on a linux box. Most business users don’t use lots of apps.

    Windows is winding down slowly and 2 of the most powerful men in computers, Gates & Balmer didn’t see it coming.

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