Microsoft Surface availability increased as low sales are reported

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to increase availability of the Microsoft Surface Tablet as sales of the company’s first Windows 8 device struggle.

Set to be introduced to a selection of third party retailers in the US later this week, Microsoft has revealed that it has increased production of the Microsoft Surface Tablet, with the new phase of rollouts attempting to create renewed interest in the device.

“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see,” Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft’s Surface project, said. “We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface.”

Currently available as a direct from Microsoft purchase only, the Google and Apple rival has confirmed that the Microsoft Surface tablet will hit Best Buy and Staples stores in the US this week. With Australian retailers to add the tablet to stock lists later this month, more countries will offer Microsoft Surface tablet sales early in the new year.

Despite increasing production, latest reports have suggested Microsoft Surface tablet sales are well behind expectations with the Telegraph citing wealth management firm Detwiler Fenton in suggesting Microsoft will shift just 500,000 Surface tablets by the end of the year, down considerably on the 2 million unit target.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Specs

With the pro edition of the Microsoft Surface tablet yet to launch, current models of the iPad 4 rival run the Windows 8 RT operating system, a stripped down offering of the full Windows 8 OS.

Featuring an integrated kickstand and able of being paired with a selection of clip-on keyboard attachments, Microsoft, with the Surface tablet have created a device that can be used as comfortably as a laptop replacement as it can a dedicated tablet.

Lining up at 9.4mm thick and a considerable 680g in weight, the Microsoft Surface RT features a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display with a 1366 x 768p image resolution and an entertainment friendly 16:9 aspect ratio. Running a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the Microsoft Surface RT also plays host to 2GB of RAM whilst a pair of 720p HD cameras features front and rear.

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