Microsoft Surface RT Windows 8 tablet

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

After Microsoft successfully used Restricted Boot to make dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows 8 on newer desktop and notebook computers a painful adventure.

And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears.

So the company lost close to US$1 billion because of poor sales of its tablet platform. Good news. If it had not used an anti-consumer agreement to lock out Linux from that platform, many Linux users would have been buyers of some of that excess inventory.

Now the company is facing a class action lawsuit (PDF file) for failing to inform investors that its “foray into the tablet market was an unmitigated disaster, which left it with a large accumulation of excess, over-valued Surface RT inventory.” And that the poor sales was “due, in large part, to the limitations associated with its operating system, Windows RT.”

By the time that class action is settled, you can tack another several hundred million dollars to the total losses from Surface RT. What’s wrong with that picture?

And if you ask me, that foot should have been positioned on that guy’s dome. (image from All Things Digital.)
Microsoft Surface RT Windows 8 tablet

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