Windows 8 RT devices – multi-touch ARM-powered computers – appear to be dead on arrival. Microsoft has cut production of its Surface devices in half after weak sales. And sales of third-party Windows 8 RT devices have been ‘almost non-existent’.
While the devices impressed many tech analysts when they were introduced, they failed to interest buyers. Technology research firm NPD Group reports that sales of Windows computers have actually declined significantly since the release of Windows 8, dropping a whopping 21% from the same time last year.
It’s too early to know why people aren’t buying – but Microsoft confused a lot of people with its Windows 8 introduction. And the idea of a Windows tablet/computer that doesn’t run Windows software hasn’t proven to be appealing to buyers, either.
Surface with Windows 8 Pro Computers
With Windows 8 RT devices apparently DOA, attention is turning to Microsoft’s Surface Pro computers. Microsoft today announced pricing for its Intel-based Surface With Windows 8 Pro systems:
- 64GB standalone version at $899
- 128GB standalone version at $999
Both systems will come with a stylus. Adding a keyboard cover will add about another $120 to the price.
Key features of the ‘Surface with Windows 8 Pro’ computers are:
- It really runs Windows apps;
- Intel i5 processor;
- 1920×1080 screen resolution; and
- It;’s both a Windows laptop and a tablet.
Microsoft plans to release the Surface Pro computers in January.
What do you think of the idea of a $1000 Surface Pro for music making? Does this look like an interesting hybrid – or a premium frankenthing?