Microsoft has sold 1.5 million Surface tablets so far, according to a tweet from Bloomberg reporter Dina Brass. The figure includes Surface RT units launched last October, and Surface Pro tablet launched last month.
According to Brass, the number of Surface RT units sold so far is about 1.1 million. The Surface Pro has showed slightly better performance; around 400,000 units have been sold in over a month.
Microsoft launched Surface tablets to compete with Apple’s iPad. However, compared to iPad’s sales volume, the Surface line-up hasn’t been very successful. Apple’s iPad had a sales volume of 23 million last quarter.
Added to that, Microsoft also had to take a lot of heat from its OEM partners, when it launched a competing product to its partners. Some partners decided to abandon the Windows tablet ship because of Microsoft’s change in strategy.
However, Microsoft doesn’t seem to back track from its plans. It has already made sure that it has tablet models as a competing product to full sized tablet, and as a replacement of laptops; now, it is rumored to go after the mini-tablet models like iPad mini or Nexus 7.