Tuesday, 13 December 2016 09:47

Microsoft claims 'best' Surface sales, but offers no numbers


Microsoft says that November was its best month yet for Surface sales but offered no numbers to back up the claims.

In a blog post, Brian Hall, consumer vice-president for Microsoft Devices Marketing, also claimed that more people than ever before were switching from Macs to Surface devices but again provided no hard numbers to back his claim.

Hall said, "It seems like a new review recommending Surface over MacBook comes out daily. This makes our team so proud, because it means we’re doing good work."

But he could only find one such review to justify his claim.

Hall offered a link from PC Magazine to a story titled "Why I left Mac OS for a Surface Book" which initially could not be found. Later, when the site came up, the article was seen to be by one of the publication's writers who switched.

He said the Surface Book with Performance Base, essentially aimed at the MacBook Pro, was now available in Australia and New Zealand and would go on sale in Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland and the UK early in the first quarter of 2017.

Regarding the Surface Hub, a device meant for collaboration in the workplace, Hall said that demand was exceeding expectations.

"By the end of 2016, nine months since our launch, we will have shipped Surface Hubs to over 2000 customers in 24 markets. The average deal size we see in the pipeline is approximately 50 units, but we’ve seen orders as large as 1500 units to a large car manufacturer."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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