Maybe Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is not so dumb after all.
The Telugu bidda knows in his heart that Indians are a value conscious bunch who will not squander $1,500-$2,500 on buying a piece of tablet junk like Surface Pro 3 that pretends to be a laptop.
So Nadella did the right thing – Ignored the Indian market.
Surface Pro 3 – Buggy, Pricey
Microsoft expanded availability of Surface Pro 3 to 25 new countries (from the existing U.S., Canada and Japan) Wednesday.
But India is missing from the list of the new markets.
The 25 new markets where Surface Pro 3 is now available at retailers and resellers include Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
While all three models (Intel Core i3, i5 and i7) of Surface Pro 3 are available in the 28 markets, the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station will debut only in mid-September.
Sporting a 12-inch screen, Surface Pro 3 runs on Windows 8.1 Pro operating system software. A 512GB version of Surface Pro 3 with keyboard, case, docking station, mouse and Office software costs over $2,500.
Surface Pro 3 – Overheating Issues
To compound Microsoft’s problems in the tablet space, some customers of Surface Pro 3 have been complaining of overheating.
The problem has been found mostly in Surface Pro 3 tablets with i7 processors and occasionally with units running the i5 chip as well.
Previous bugs in the Surface Pro 3 include boot failures and WiFi connection issues.
Microsoft has found it impossible to get customers to pick up the Surface line of tablets.
Previous versions of Surface met with a pathetic reception resulting in repeated price cuts and ultimately a write-off of nearly a billion dollars.
I’d be extremely surprised if the pricey, buggy Surface Pro 3 does not meet the same miserable fate of its predecessors.