Microsoft Surface is generating a lot of interest, "but interest was not necessarily leading to sales," Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry said in a note Monday.
Customers he spoke with are waiting for Microsoft to release a version of Surface running the Windows 8 operating system on Intel (INTC) chips. Current Surface models run Windows RT on low-power ARM (ARMH)-based chips.
Sales of Surface tablets would have been five times better than current levels had Microsoft shipped Windows 8 models first, he said.
It is so obvious Microsoft made a big mistake with the Surface RT. It was pure greed that dictated this decision. Lets hope they do the right thing and end Windows RT and then work to mend relationships with Intel and computer makers to make Windows 8 a success.