Microsoft Stops Manufacturing Surface 2, Windows RT Shown the Door?
Market for Surface tablets has been growing over the past year or so and Microsoft’s recently revealed financials clearly reflect that. The company revealed some decent financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2014. The details showed the growth of their Lumia Phones, Xbox brand and most importantly the Surface buisness.
Surface department managed to generate $1.1 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter. This is up 24% compared to same period a year before. The company claims that the department is now providing a decent profit and is turning into a success. For the same quarter in 2013, Surface Revenue was $893 million.
Surface doing well is good news for the company but their market is still small, when compared to the mighty Apple iPad. The tablet made $5.3 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2014.
Further details revealed by Microsoft show that growth was mostly led by the latest Surface Pro 3, and Microsoft confirmed that they are no longer manufacturing Surface 2.
Although Surface 2 wasn’t that popular among users but to stop manufacturing after only 2 years, is a bit strange to me.
Surface Pro did exceptionally well when compared to Surface RT, which ended up costing the company write-down charges of $900 million.
Surface 2 and Surface RT are both using Windows RT, does that mean Windows RT support will also be dropped? Users can rest assured that’s not the case. Microsoft confirmed little after the Windows 10 event, that they are working on an update for Windows RT users to switch to Windows 10.
However, the company wouldn’t commit to a release for the said update.
Users should keep in mind that this update might not be available in all RT devices and it’s not a full Windows 10 OS. The update is said to feature some Windows 10 features but the company never mentioned which features will make it.
Apart from RT, this update will be available to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users free of cost. Unlike the one coming for Windows RT, this will be a complete OS.
Windows 10 will be free to use for the first year but it’s unclear how much will we have to pay afterwards. More on that will be shared in the coming months.
Are you using Windows RT? How do see you Microsoft’s decision to introduce an update with limited Windows 10 functionality? Let us know the comments.