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Microsoft’s point-of-sale efforts could make Surface a legitimate part of retail business services and elevate the fondleslab from partner pariah to channel chum.
While much has been said about the death of the PC, commercial sales of desktops, notebooks and tablets through the U.S. channel surged 25 percent in 2013, with the biggest gainer being Google’s Chromebook. Guess who the biggest loser is? Not Microsoft.
Cupertino giant Apple sees its third consecutive profit slump, but claims it is ‘excited’ to go into the holidays with new products.
Rumors say Microsoft is planning a docking station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, positioning the fledgling tablet as a PC replacement. Perhaps when the docks arrive, Microsoft will release Surface to the general channel for resale.
Microsoft is taking a big risk in buying Nokia’s handset business. Success could look something like Apple’s juggernaut complete-stack software-device model; failure could make Microsoft the next Blackberry. In either case, the sprawling Microsoft channel will have to adapt, and mostly on its own.
Microsoft continues its ‘measured’ approach to making the Surface tablet available through the channel by authorizing partners in 17 countries to resell the Windows 8 device. The expansion comes as Microsoft juggles criticism over its Surface strategy and prepares for the Windows 8.1 roll-out.
The poor-selling Microsoft Surface Pro is getting a price cut of $100 through the end of August. The big question: Is this a prelude to a new version, or a fire sale to burn off unsold inventory?
Apple barely beat Wall Street estimates for its second-quarter earnings. Growth of the one-time juggernaut is being slowed by falling demand for the iPad. Apple may consider building a stronger B2B channel to stimulate growth in the absence of a runaway bestseller.
Microsoft slashed prices of its Surface RT tablets by $150, perhaps to stimulate sales in advance of a new release or clear excess inventory. The price cut is a flashback to when Hewlett-Packard reset its doomed TouchPad to fire-sale prices.
Microsoft is finally giving some channel partners a crack at being a Surface reseller with the launch today of a two-tiered Microsoft Devices Program.