Microsoft has just announced that it would no longer manufacture the two year old Surface 2 running on the company’s Windows RT software. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the newer Surface 3 model has outsold the predecessors by a considerable margin and hence, it was only a matter of time, the company started shifting its focus on the new models.
However, Surface tablet lineup as a whole have been quite successful for the company. In the recent earnings report, the company revealed that this tablet lineup brought in about $1.1 billion in revenue in the quarter. But as expected, the Surface 3 was the best seller during this time frame. In fact, the company added that it sold three times the number of Surface 3 tablets than the old surface 2. Hence, Microsoft’s decision to focus on the bestselling tablet isn’t surprising.
Microsoft Surface 2 was never a popular tablet to begin with. In spite of its thin profile, Windows RT operating system ruined the overall experience. Developers had to develop special apps for this OS, which was used by only a handful of devices. As a result, not many were keen to work on this dying operating system. The limited number of apps on this platform further decreased its popularity among buyers.
“We are no longer manufacturing Surface 2; however, those still eager to buy Surface should visit Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, third-party retailers and resellers for the latest availability,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge.
Therefore, even though Microsoft is not manufacturing the old Surface tablet, you can still find it out in stores if you are interested. The device was also available at Best Buy at the time of writing this article. However, Surface 2 isn’t the only Windows RT powered tablet in the market. There’s a Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet which runs on this platform and is currently available for sale via Verizon for $599 unlocked and $499 on a two year contract.
Even though Microsoft is slowly killing off the Windows RT lineup by stopping production of the old Surface tablet as well as not bringing the new Windows 10 update on to the platform, the company has assured support for the OS for a considerable time. In fact, in a statement, Microsoft spokesperson said that the company will release an update which will bring some of the features of the Windows 10 OS to the platform.
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