Microsoft (MSFT) May Have Cut Surface RT Orders in Half

November 29, 2012 10:03 AM EST
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) shares are lower Thursday morning amid speculation out of Digitimes surrounding Surface RT orders.

According to the report, upstream suppliers to Microsoft for its debut tablet said that orders have been sliced in half. Digitimes' sources said that it isn't the quality of product that is losing sales, rather that the Windows 8 platform may not be performing as well as expected.

In total, Digitimes thinks that orders currently sit at 2 million units, half of the four million Microsoft expected to sell by the end of 2012.

With sales of Surface RT lagging, Microsoft might need to debut its Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)-based Surface Pro sooner than expected. The Surface RT runs on an ARM Holdings (Nasdaq: ARMH) chipset design.

To strengthen sales, Digitimes sources suggested the Microsoft might cut the price of the Surface Pro to make it more competitive.

Again, this is just chatter from one source. Microsoft is seeing a little pullback today following its annual meeting held yesterday, with shares down about 0.3 percent on the session.

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