During an internal town hall event earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner spoke to employees about the recent $900 million writedown the company took for the Surface RT, reports The Verge.

"We built a few more devices than we could sell," said Ballmer, in reference to slow Surface RT sales. Ballmer also went on to say that the company isn’t happy with its Windows sales, either. "We're not selling as many Windows devices as we want to."

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Microsoft has been heavily marketing the Surface RT as an iPad competitor in a series of negative advertisements that highlight the Surface RT’s multitasking capabilities, its accessories, and its low price.

Earlier this month, Microsoft was forced to drop the price of its Surface RT tablets by $150, making the base price for the 32 GB tablet just $349, or $449 with a Touch Cover included. Despite the slow sales of the Surface RT, Microsoft is pushing ahead with plans for a second generation tablet.

Top Rated Comments

MetalRCG Avatar
140 months ago
Steve Ballmer needs to just step down.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
140 months ago
"We thank everyone for their patience, we're making iPads as fast as we can." - Steve Jobs
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
140 months ago
So basically, Microsoft is saying they built more than one Surface?
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
johncarync Avatar
140 months ago
Step down? No...stay on.

I think the best thing for Apple (and Google) is if Ballmer stays as CEO of Microsoft.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ValSalva Avatar
140 months ago
"We built a few more devices than we could sell," said Ballmer

At least he has a good grasp on the situation :D
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
140 months ago
People can see thru the negative advertisement and can see what iOS devices can do better than Androids. Stop all this BS advertisement and spend your resources in making a better product!!

Surface doesn't run Android.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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