A pretty slow debut when compared to Apple's devices.
According to some estimates, Microsoft will have sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in the slate’s debut quarter.
Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, estimates that Microsoft's Surface tablet will struggle to sell a Million Units in its first quarter in the market.
The firm also points to a high price tag, the lack of adequate distribution and mixed reviews as key factors contributing to the Surface’s apparent flop.
Just to compare, Apple sold 3 million iPad 4 and iPad Mini tablets in just three days, when the new devices debuted earlier last month.
Combined with the also rumored slow debut of Windows 8, it looks like Microsoft plans failed to meet expectations this year's end.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Microsoft Surface sales Q4 2012 est (via) BGR
NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft surface struggles to ship a million units (via) SlashDot
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