5 Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week

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Microsoft Struggles To Get Surface Pro On Store Shelves

Microsoft made a big deal about its plans to offer the Surface Pro tablet, released Feb. 9, through retailers such as Best Buy and Staples. But this week the company admitted it was having difficulty keeping retailers supplied with the new tablet computer.

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro tablet and the earlier Surface RT tablet in an effort to compete with Apple's iPad and Android tablets. The products themselves have met with mixed reviews. But the company has been criticized for bypassing its traditional channel partners in favor of selling the tablets through its own website and retail stores.

Microsoft has reportedly spent $1.5 billion marketing Surface and Windows 8. But that money may be wasted if the products aren't there when -- or if -- customers want to buy them.


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