Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) released its Surface Pro tablet over the weekend, and the initial supply of the tablet was sold out almost immediately. However, there are plenty of questions about the tablet.
The main question investors have is whether the sell-outs mean Microsoft Corporation had a blockbuster weekend with incredible sales. Unfortunately, at this point it seems the company simply failed to supply enough tablets. The 128 gigabyte version was in hot demand, while the 64 gigabyte version failed to impress consumers.
Meanwhile, techies are arguing about whether the Surface Pro is really a tablet or not. On ZDNet, Robin Harris examined the issue surrounding the amount of storage available on the tablet. Some tech gurus contend that the Surface Pro is actually an ultrabook, which makes sense if you consider the fact that the amount of usable storage capacity it has is in line with the MacBook Air, which is the top-selling ultrabook.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is marketing its Surface Pro as a “laptop in tablet form.” The company says it has the usability of a PC and full Windows OS, but is in the form of a tablet. So, what Microsoft basically means is that it’s taken the total functionality of a computer and placed it inside a tablet—something other tablets, including the iPad, don’t do.
In short, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has pioneered a new type of computer. Unfortunately the company hasn’t been very clear in its marketing strategies.
Or maybe it has, and demand really is hot for this new type of computer after all. We won’t know until we see some real sales numbers.