5 Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week


Microsoft Unloading Surface RTs

On the surface (pardon the pun), it seems so altruistic. Microsoft this week said it would offer partners attending next month's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston the opportunity to purchase Surface RT and Surface Pro tablet PCs at deep discounts. That came after the company offered similar discounts for schools and colleges, and even offered free tablets to teachers attending an international conference.

But it's no secret that Surface tablets, especially those running the Windows RT operating system, have been slow sellers and there are reports Microsoft has inventories of up to 4 million of the devices it has to unload. It's difficult not to see this week's offers from Microsoft in a more cynical light.