Two days ago, reports claimed that Microsoft has sold an estimated 400,000 Surface Pro units since the release last month. The numbers aren't official, but should be considered excellent since the Surface Pro really isn't a tablet; it's more of an ultrabook in a tablet form.
Some sources have said those numbers are disappointing because they can't compare with sales of the iPad, a unit that is far cheaper and doesn't double as a computer. The comparison is not only wrong, it is unprofessional. People definitely want Microsoft to fail.
Los Angeles industry analyst Paul Mueller tells this column that even the numbers reported are biased. "Surface Pro sales are more than 450,000. It is also quite possible that 500,000 units have been sold. Microsoft should reveal the official numbers since some outlets are purposely giving lower numbers," Mueller says.
Like us, however, Mueller believes that anything over 300,000 is a win for Microsoft. The Surface Pro may have some minor faults, but it has definitely ushered in a new era for people who want a tablet that can also double as a powerful laptop.