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August 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Microsoft lets resellers sell Surface to business customers in 17 additional countries

Microsoft is allowing a few resellers in 17 additional countries to sell the Surface tablets to commercial, education and public-sector customers. This follows on a program the company launched last month in the U.S. allowing business buyers to purchase Surface tablets and commercial services through authorized resellers. Today’s announcement expands the program to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland,…

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August 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Class action lawsuit filed against Microsoft over Surface RT

[Update Aug. 14: My story, running in the Aug. 14 print edition of The Seattle Times, on the lawsuit  is here.]

From earlier:

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft on behalf of shareholders who say they were misled by Microsoft executives about how well the Surface RT tablets were selling.

The Surface tablet with Touch Covers (Photo from Microsoft)

The Surface tablet with Touch Covers (Photo from Microsoft)

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July 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Microsoft discloses how much it made in sales of the Surface

Microsoft made $853 million in sales of its Surface tablets in the past fiscal year — almost as much as it had to write down as part of its recent price-cutting on the Surface RT tablets.

The company disclosed that revenue figure in a document it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Surface tablet with Touch Covers (Photo from Microsoft)

The Surface tablet with Touch Covers (Photo from Microsoft)

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July 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

New Surface RT ad taking on iPad part of Microsoft’s efforts to goose sales

A day after Microsoft announced it was taking nearly a billion-dollar write-down on Surface RT inventory, it’s releasing a new ad pitting it against the iPad and touting the Surface RT’s now-lower price.

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Of course, the lower price — a $150 reduction — is the reason Microsoft took a $900 million write-down in its fiscal fourth quarter on the Surface RT inventory in the first place.

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July 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Microsoft hit hard by slumping PC market, lukewarm Windows 8 reception, weak Surface RT sales

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 19, 2013.] Microsoft CFO Amy Hood (Photo from Microsoft) Microsoft missed big in the fourth-quarter earnings it reported Thursday — hit especially hard on the sales side by the slumping PC market and on the profit side by a write-down in the inventory…

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May 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

IDC: Microsoft now among top 5 tablet vendors, thanks to Surface

Microsoft has landed among the top 5 tablet vendors worldwide for the first time, according to research firm IDC. In the first quarter of the year, Microsoft shipped about 900,000 units of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets — most of those Surface Pro, according to IDC estimates. But “beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and…

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