Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft built too many Surface RT tablets

by TabTimes Staff

July 26 2013

That’s got to hurt – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly admitted that the company built too many Surface tablets and that Windows device sales haven’t been as good as expected.

During an internal town hall event earlier this week which was first reported by Neowin, both Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner talked on Microsoft’s recent $900 million write-down on the Surface RT, which was caused in part by poor sales and too much stock.

“We built a few more devices than we could sell,” said Ballmer, referring to weak Surface RT sales. The Microsoft CEO went onto add that the recent 30% price reduction was required to improve sales.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was worse news for Microsoft during the meeting. Ballmer went onto confirm that Windows 8 sales have also failed to reach the heights since launch.

"We're not selling as many Windows devices as we want to," added the chief exec, referring to phones, tablets, and PCs.

There was one ray of light for both Microsoft and tablet fans, however, with The Verge reporting that Ballmer confirmed Microsoft is testing new Surface tablets. It is believed that the Redmond giant is currently testing the new tablets with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

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  • John Swain
    1 year 3 months ago

    Steve is living in the '90s. He didn't build just a few more Surface RTs than he should have, he should not have built any. Microsoft is a software company, stop pretending to be relevant in today's cut throat hardware business. Furthermore, Microsoft might have had some success with the RT if it was originally released at today's write-down price, now it's perceived as a looser. Steve, dump that thing,or better yet donate them to schools and be a winner.

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