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The Microsoft Surface Isn’t Such a Joke After All

Dave Parrack 21-10-2016

When Microsoft first unveiled the Surface, people laughed at this iPad-wannabe. And yet four years on, business is booming. The Surface still isn’t selling as well as the iPad, but it’s well on its way to becoming an integral part of Microsoft’s business.


According to Microsoft’s latest financial results (via TechCrunch), the Surface brought in revenues of $926 million in the last quarter. This is an impressive increase over the $672 million it generated during the same period last year.

Microsoft puts this down to healthy sales of the Surface Pro 4 Surface Pro 4 Review If you’re looking for a flexible portable hybrid computer, one that is capable of replacing your notebook and iPad or Android tablet, the Surface Pro 4 Core M3 device is a perfectly adequate replacement. Read More and Surface Book. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also noted that bulk sales to enterprise customers has massively increased. Which means businesses are buying their employees Surface devices on a massive scale.

The Surface may not have been an instant hit Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Read More , but sales have been steadily improving over the course of its life. The Surface still cannot compete with the iPad, which generated $4.9 billion for Apple during the last quarter. However, if Microsoft sticks with it, there’s no reason why this particular product line cannot continue growing.

What’s already clear is that the Microsoft Surface is no longer a joke. Which is progress.

Bill Belichick Don’t Care

One person who won’t care that the Microsoft Surface is doing better than ever is Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots. Microsoft has been supplying Surface tablets to the NFL since 2014, but Belichick isn’t a fan.


Having previously been seen smashing a Surface onto a trunk, earlier this week Belichick declared he was “done with the tablets”. Instead, he’s going to “use the paper pictures from here on”. That’s a very short summation of what he said, as his rant actually lasted for more than five minutes.

Do you own a Microsoft Surface? Are you pleased with the device? Or have you had any problems? Do you think the Surface will continue to go from strength-to-strength? And could it one day outperform the Apple iPad? Please let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. David
    March 23, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Other than the power cord recall, I've replaced 3 of them and have yet to be able to figure out how Microsoft will provide me with one as they advertise they will.
    Microsoft Support is a total joke. Impossible to navigate the screens to order the replacement via the recall--can't get a phone number anywhere for support/customer service. I made an appointment for "someome" to call me back---someone called back but I'm still sitting holding for a human to come on the line---it's been 20 minutes!! The customer service is totally abysmal. This is my last Microsoft tablet. Get an IPOD!

  2. Frans Schutz
    October 27, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Loving my Pro 4 . Compact and nice to travel with, long battery life, fast , beautiful screen etc.
    However in the 6 moths I had it I've had to reset it at least 5 times because the screen didn't want to come on. Hopefully it gets sorted with some software upgrade.

    One last suggestion to make it really compact and versatile in all aspects would be to have an internal slot for a sim card other than to relay on a hot spot or wireless connection or having to carry a dongle around.


  3. James Bruce
    October 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Given what Windows 10 and it's random updates do to my gaming machine, you'd be a fool to trust it to a work machine. First an overnight update overwrote my video drivers without asking, breaking my VR headset in the process - I spent *hours* fiddling with cables trying to get it working again, only to later check if updates were installed overnight. Then the anniversary update broke - can you believe it? - Microsoft's own wireless Xbox adapter. Absolutely pathetic. I forget how it fixed it, but it involves registry hacks, and they STILL haven't released an official fix.

  4. Matt
    October 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I was just given one for work and so far so good. It's fantastic to travel with and easy to dock when I'm running excel, etc. with multiple monitors. Best of both worlds.

  5. Andy
    October 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Bought a Surface Pro 4 last year and I detest it. Buyer BEWARE.

    I was very excited at first to have a pressure sensitive pen, full desktop apps, and a nice screen. Then the honeymoon ended. Its the usual Microsoft workflow...lots of features that look good on paper, but the fit and finish of a dollar store Walkman. More promise than reality.

    First, the thing wouldn't wake up from sleep....ever. Spent days trying to figure this out. Turning off features like the camera and hacking in old video drivers. This is something that laptop makers figured out 15 years ago. I shouldn't have to turn off features I paid dearly for to get it to handle a basic function.

    Then I noticed HORRENDOUS battery life. Basically 1 minute per % 100 minutes on a 100% charge. If it's not plugged in, it's almost useless. Their reported times are you'll see if you search around. No matter why these football dudes aren't happy...a football game is longer than 90 minutes.

    The list of issues goes on and on and on...I won't bore you with them. And of course, with Microsoft's pathetic service, my only attempt led to someone obviously reading from a script..."have you tried rebooting it?" "Gee, no. I know enough to hand install video drivers, but rebooting it is over my head!"

    One thing fixed all this stuff though... I got a sale price MacBook Air and the Surface works great, turned off on a shelf in my office. No problems since!

    Now, all of this might have not been a huge deal if this had been a cut rate Lenovo or something, but this was a TOP DOLLAR Surface...yes, I expected a certain level of quality. I came nowhere near getting that level of quality. The fact that Microsoft makes this product -which means they have unhindered access to the OS and it frankly should function flawlessly - is a real testament to where Microsoft is at.

    I HIGHLY recommend NOT getting a Surface Pro.

  6. Wan
    October 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Surface 3 non-pro. Initially bought for my wife, ended up me using it instead. A superb device
    Only 2 complaints
    - never really liked 3:2 screen
    - every windows update will almost always screws the bluetooth and camera. A big problem for me

    Pros - does everything I throw at & can install STEAM. (Steam does have touch screen games apparently). Bought full license Artrage. &Mischief.

    October 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I purchased my Surface Pro 4 i7 512 GB 16GB with high end graphics as a pre order. After some initial hardware issues that forced 2 replacements of the unit and the latest update of Windows 10 for the surface I could not be happier.

    It always is there for me and works very well no matter what I ask it to do. My only issues are the following:

    1. Battery life, it only gives me about 5-7 hours depending on what I am doing. If I really push the unit I can drag that time down to 2 hours. Microsoft did address this in software updates so I can almost get 8 hours but that is with just reading emails, watching Netflix, and web browsing. Playing any games or doing work in excel etc... drains the battery fast.

    2. Updates, for some reason doing a major update on the surface sometimes takes a couple of reboots to stabilize the system. I mean a major update happens and then web pages don't work, video does not work, streaming stops working. I have learned that I have to reboot the unit a few times and then everything works fine.

    to some that may be a lot but I have become accustomed to just grabbing my surface and using it where ever I go, I have a Mifi device for internet connectivity or one can use a personal hotspot of their cell phone.

  8. Klaas Vaak
    October 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I wonder how much uncloseable backdoors & privacy-invading telemetry there are on a Surface, particularly on the Pro 4.

  9. Barry Sampson
    October 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I've been a Mac user for ten years and have owned various iPads since they were launched. Last year I tried the Surface Pro 3, but really didn't get on with but I think that was mostly down to Windows 8.1.

    Earlier this year I bought a Surface Book and I have become a huge fan - consider me a convert to Surface devices and Windows 10! At the moment I still have a Mac as well, but the Surface Book is my go to device and will probably end up as my sole PC.

  10. Demola Oladipo
    October 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I love my Surface Pro 3. It is awesome. Light weight. Backlit keyboard. Gorgeous screen. Pen. Long battery life.

    I am hard pressed to find a laptop that can replace it. I have an iPad Air 2 but it is mostly for gaming and some media consumption.

  11. likefunbutnot
    October 21, 2016 at 2:55 am

    I have a original Surface (ARM), a Pro, a Pro2 and a Book. They're all nice, even the ARM one, which if nothing else is a great Microsoft Office terminal.
    They're also all better than any iOS device for scores of reasons, starting with their full (other that the WinRT one) desktop app support, real filesystem and client-server management. They have credible amounts of RAM and storage for their function and they can use full size, grown up peripherals like monitors, USB devices and they have card readers. The iPad is literally a toy in comparison.

    The problems football people have aren't due to the devices. More than likely, it's some combination of the hostile environment of wireless signals and lack of user training or patience. I'm sure everyone's tablet works great at home, but nothing is going to be fantastic when there's 80000 other people contesting access to the same radio frequencies your equipment needs to use.