CEO of Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) has said that sales of Surface tablet are modest. It has also touted the coming availability of a top-notch Intel version.
Steve Ballmer has spoken to French daily Le Parisien and mentioned that sales are starting modestly.
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Ballmer has also stated that the sales faced constraints by the restrictions of the sales channel. The Surface tablet is available only on Microsoft Store online. In the US, the tablet will be available in a number of brick and mortar stores.
However, the demand for the tablet through sales channel of Microsoft was high enough to indicate a scarcity of the $499 model online for over a week, while it was enlisted as ‘out of stock’.
Ballmer has not revealed any sales figures to the French newspaper.
Ballmer, however, has mentioned that the Intel-based top-notch tablet is on its way.
The more expensive version is 0.53 inch thick and weighs some 2 pounds. It comes with some appealing high-performance silicon, 4 GB of storage space, a third generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 Processor and much more. It also has support for high resolution displays like 1920 x 1080.
The Intel-based Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro is has not yet been priced. It is being expected sometime next year. However, Microsoft has mentioned in the past that it would be charged in line with ultrabooks that carry similar configurations.
Ballmer commented on the outlook for the economy of the US. He exhorted politicians to act on the deficit, even though he fell short of saying if spending cutbacks must be a subject of emphasis.
He said that it is not about spending more or less, it is more about balancing income and spending. He feels that since the elections are over, it is time to get back to action.