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Although the source of this intel is a bit dubious due to a roller-coaster track record, the info seemed plausible enough to share. According to DigiTimes, shipments of the Microsoft RT tablets is far below Microsoft's projections. Instead of shipping 4 Million Windows RT tablets, they may have only shipped half that at 2 Million. Sadly, actual sales figures to retail customers is likely far below that. Supposedly, Windows RT devices other than the Surface have sold only 400,000 units. Even if sales of the actual Surface RT tablet are better than expected, this still does not bode well for a fast adoption of this mobile OS.
The only bright spot of this news is that these poor sales figures might just spur Microsoft to lower the price of the Surface RT after the launch of the new Surface Pro. Here's a quote with some additional detail,
Microsoft will have to consider something, otherwise their push into the mobile tablet market could come to a grinding halt. We have confidence they will figure out a way to get sales jump-started!The far below originally expected sales performance for Windows RT tablets is mainly because a large number of applications are not compatible with Windows RT and sales prices are relatively high, the sources said. Since Microsoft will ship the Windows 8-based Surface Pro soon, prices for Surface RT are likely to be lowered to clear inventories, the sources noted.
Microsoft has offered incentives to invite vendors launching Windows RT tablets to participate in development of second-generation Windows RT models, but these vendors have so far been unwilling to do so, the sources said.