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Microsoft Surface Fatally Flawed, Says Source

19 October 2012 2,266 views 5 Comments

The Microsoft Surface tablet will be dead on arrival,

The Redmond, Washington software maker’s long-hyped Windows 8 Surface tablet will be dead on arrival, according to a respected industry watcher. Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu, an analyst best known for his pronouncements about Apple and its products, believes Microsoft Surface pricing “could prove to be a fatal mistake and relegate it to be a niche No. 4 or No. 5 player.”

With the base model sans keyboard tagged at $499, Wu certainly has a point.

In truth, the Redmond, Washington-based software maker’s recent record isn’t at all encouraging — products similar in scope and ambition, like the Zune media player and Kin smartphone, have all failed spectacularly.

Given Apple’s already dominant position and the $249 iPad mini due before month’s end, Microsoft needs to be more than just competitive. They need to make statement and $499 sends the wrong message.

According to Wu, a $299 Surface with keyboard would give it “a fighting chance in the highly competitive tablet market…”

Does the Microsoft Surface stand a snow ball’s chance or will it be dead on arrival? I’m guessing the latter…

What’s your take?

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