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Surface launch sales modest, admits Microsoft

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Microsoft has admitted that early sales of its Surface tablet have been "modest".

Company CEO Steve Ballmer told French newspaper Le Parisien (via The Wall Street Journal) that orders have been hampered by the limited sales channels the device is available through.

Microsoft's Surface

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Microsoft's Surface

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Surface is currently available through the Microsoft Store online and a handful of brick and mortar retailers in the US. Despite Ballmer's comments, the entry level model of the slate initially sold out online.

Addressing the stock shortages, the executive said: "It's a good sign," adding that Microsoft will "fix this problem quickly".

Ballmer also revealed that the high-definition model of Surface, which features a 3rd Gen Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of memory, and solid-state drives up to 128GB, will be released in the new year.

The Windows RT model of the Surface tablet was released last month to mixed reviews.

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