Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 sales outpacing earlier models

Tech giant also confirms decision not to ship a smaller version of the device during its fourth-quarter earnings conference call.

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Surface Pro 3: Sales our outpacing earlier models. But Microsoft also confirmed Surface Mini as a no-show. Brooke Crothers/CNET

Microsoft talked up Surface Pro 3 sales during its fourth-quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday and confirmed a decision not to ship a smaller version of the Surface.

"While it's still early, sales are outpacing earlier versions of Surface Pro," Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said during Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings conference call, referring to the Surface Pro 3.

Hood did not mention specific numbers.

Overall, Surface revenue was $409 million in the quarter, "driven by our second generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices, and the recent launch of Surface Pro 3," Microsoft said. That compares to revenue of $500 million in the previous (sequential) quarter.

The Surface Pro 3 is a major departure from earlier versions of the Pro: It boasts a bigger 12-inch display but is lighter and thinner while maintaining the same price range.

Hood also mentioned the decision not to ship another Surface product. Most likely Hood is talking about Microsoft's decision not to release the Surface Mini.

"During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," Hood said.

On the software front, Office 365, which now available on Apple's iOS platform, continue to do well, Hood said.

"We added over one million new subscribers to Office 365 Home and Personal [and] ended the quarter with 5.6 million users," she said.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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