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NewsPoster Jan 15, 2013 05:35 AM
Analyst estimates 1M in Microsoft surface holiday sales
Microsoft sold only 1 million units of its <a href=" n.half/" rel='nofollow'>Surface</a> tablet over the holidays, according to new estimates. Analysts at UBS made the estimate, reducing it down from the previous 2 million thought would be sold during the period, despite <a href="" rel='nofollow'>efforts</a> from the Redmond software giant to get the tablet into more retail locations in order to boost sales. <br />
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Brent Thill of UBS speaking <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">to</a> <em>Business Insider</em> remained optimistic on the Surface line, suggesting that the Surface Pro will be "strong with corporations," thanks to it's Intel processor, and would be a strong alternative to the iPad. In comparison, Apple is speculated to have sold over 20 million iPads during the same period.

The million units of sales is not much of a failure to Microsoft, <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">suggests</a> <em>The Next Web</em>. At an average sale price of $500, caused by sales of the Touch and Type covers, this equates to half a billion dollars in sales. Considering that the Surface RT has not been on sale for long, and that the <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Surface Pro</a> is due to be released in the near future, a million in sales could be seen as a promising start to the Surface brand, and could grow in the coming months.

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