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Microsoft has stopped making the Surface 2 tablet, spelling trouble for Windows RT

Mark Hachman | Jan. 29, 2015
Don't worry, the Surface Pro tablet is safe and selling great. But the basic Surface and Surface RT operating system are dead in all but name.

"Windows 10 is a single OS that spans multiple device form factors, including tablets. We believe users will be delighted with how the OS will optimize based on the device they are on, whether that is a phone, tablet, PC or beyond," he added.

Meanwhile, the reception for the Surface Pro 3 has steadily warmed, with positive reviews from PCWorld and others. Microsoft said Monday night that revenue for the entire Surface line alone exceeded $1 billion for the quarter. Analysts, including Jan Dawson, estimated that Microsoft's gross margins for the Surface climbed considerably--evidence that customers are buying the higher-priced Surface Pro 3, rather than the cheaper Windows RT models like the Surface 2.

While it's unfair to write off the Surface 2 completely--the update promises to keep the tablet and the Windows RT platform alive a while longer--it's also just about official: Microsoft's Surface 2 is over, and Windows RT is looking at a very grim future.

(Additional reporting by Agam Shah of IDG News Service.)


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