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Microsoft Surface Sales "modest" Says Ballmer

After Microsoft launched its Surface tablet last month, its CEO Steve Ballmer said that "sales are starting modestly," in an interview with French daily, Le Parisien. This statement comes despite the fact that Microsoft's $499 model was sold out on its website. The chief executive added that sales numbers were affected by the limited availability of sales channels. Currently, the device has been on the market for over two weeks.

The company did not release exact sales figures for its tablet, which was positioned to compete with Apple's highly successful iPad. Ballmer also added that the company will increase its supply of the device immediately. Currently, the Surface is only being sold by Microsoft's site and a handful of stores in the U.S.

It is widely believed that most Microsoft loyalists are waiting for the "Pro" version of the tablet, which is an Intel based high end version of the tablet. According to Microsoft's website, the upcoming two pound tablet will boast a new i5 Processor, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 4GB of ram and a 128GB SSD. Also, unlike the RT version, the Surface Pro will run all Windows 7 applications.

At the moment, the Surface RT has nothing to offer but a few modern UI style apps. The fact that it has very few apps and that it is not compatible with almost all Windows 7 applications leaves it at a disadvantage when compared with devices from Apple an Samsung, which have a wide range of high quality applications on offer.

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