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Microsoft Surface Barely Registers On Web Usage

Microsoft Surface tablets are still getting crushed by the iPad, web use data shows.

Microsoft's Surface 2.
Microsoft's Surface 2.

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cbabcock
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11/27/2013 | 5:00:44 PM
Kindle lives up to loss leader billing
Amazon's investment in the Kindle and Kindle Fire appear to be not only plowing money into a loss leader but a loss leader that's losing ground.
Thomas Claburn
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11/27/2013 | 4:00:45 PM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
For what it's worth, Chromebooks barely register in web usage stats too.
Stephane Parent
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11/27/2013 | 3:44:15 PM
Surface 1?
The article talks about numbers for the Surface RT and Surface 2. What about the Surface 1, aka Surface Pro?

Are the numbers included under Surface 2?

Has anyone figured out if it's the RT or Pro version that are shown on Grey's Anatomy
UberGoober
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11/27/2013 | 11:07:26 AM
Why do we care?
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
UberGoober
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11/27/2013 | 11:06:23 AM
Why do we care?
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
UberGoober
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11/27/2013 | 11:04:56 AM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
UberGoober
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11/27/2013 | 11:04:45 AM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
UberGoober
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11/27/2013 | 11:03:34 AM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
UberGoober
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UberGoober,
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11/27/2013 | 11:03:03 AM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
The Surface isn't popular.  It is no secret, people don't buy it.  I peraonally attribute a lot of the problem to Windows 8, which is widely hated (and the RT issue is confusing to many buyers), but there's just not a compelling cost/benefit story here.  Why would I buy a M$ tablet when there are so many good Android tablets, as well as the iPads for those willing to join the iBorg.  Would it be the smaller app store, the higher prices, or the clown-makeup UI that would attract me? 

 

All that said, then, why are the writers for IW trying so hard to find a success story?  The failure of Win8RT tablets is old news.
Michael Endler
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11/27/2013 | 10:41:15 AM
Re: MS Surface usage numbers
I've only seen one Surface product in the wild, exclduing my own device, of course, and those I've seen at Microsoft events--e.g. almost everyone had a Surface RT at TechEd because Microsoft was selling them to attendees for only $99. But otherwise, I see tons of Macs and iPads around San Francisco, but I've only seen a handful of Windows 8 devices of any type out in the wild. I spend a decent amount of time around Stanford and Berkeley, and these trends seem true of students too.

I expect this will change in coming months, though. Windows tablets aren't going to be as ubiquitous as iPads, but the new devices, such as Dell's 8-inch Venue Pro, are a lot nicer than anything that was on the market at this time last year. The Surface 2 is a lot nicer than its predecessor too, but I'm not sure it has the cost-to-performance ratio to break out in such a competitive landscape.

Any others had different experiences? Any places out there where Win 8 tablets are taking over?
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