Getting into the tablet game late, Microsoft new they were facing an uphill battle. They knew they had to come to the market with something just a little bit different than the iPad and an assortment of Android-based tablets. The result? The Microsoft Surface tablet
Microsoft released its Surface tablet in late October of 2012 and thus far has been rather quiet as to how many units they've shipped. Late last week, however, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has sold approximately 1.5 million Surface tablets, representing a mix of its base Surface RT tablet and the more expensive Surface Pro tablet.
Microsoft has sold little more than a million of the Surface RT version and about 400,000 Surface Pros since their debuts, according to three people, who asked not to be named because sales haven’t yet been made public. The company had ordered about 3 million Surface RTs, they said. Brent Thill, an analyst at UBS AG, had initially projected that Microsoft would sell 2 million Surface RT devices in the December quarter alone.
Overall that's gotta be disappointing for Microsoft given the company's high hopes for its Surface tablets. By way of contrast, Apple sold over 3 million iPads in just three days when it released the iPad Mini and the 4th-gen iPad this past November.