NPD agree Surface off to a good start

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Lines of buyers waiting for the Microsoft Surface.

Unfortunately not backed by figures, NPD vice president of industry analysis Stephen Baker told eWeek the Microsoft Surface is enjoying “healthy sales.”

The sentiment was based on strong foot traffic at the 65 Microsoft Stores selling the tablet as well as lines at launch day. Baker also said a Microsoft Store he recently visited was busy with most everyone there looking at a Surface.

Selling Surface only in Microsoft stores, “allows them to really talk about the value proposition of Surface in a very controlled way and drive a lot of traffic to their stores, he said. This allowed the Surface to shine without competing for attention with other tablets.

Other analysts agree.

“We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients.

Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round of inventory replenishments.

NPD’s Baker thinks lines at stores don’t necessarily transfer into strong sales for a product and that Surface sales do not necessarily come at the expense of other tablet makers like Apple or Samsung.

“It’s always easy to say that X competes with Y and Y competes with Z,” he said. “But the tablet market is pretty immature; it’s growing so there’s plenty of room for new products out there that haven’t been in the market before.”

It’s also not necessarily an apples to apples comparison of the Surface to other tablets he said, saying while many tablets can be connected to physical keyboards, Surface is more of a hybrid tablet/laptop than just a tablet.

Have any of our readers seen a Surface in the wild yet? Let us know below.

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  • just

    In my own opinion Surface is not just a regular tablet, and it can do more than the other tablets out in the market.

    • Bugbog

      For all the Haters out there, the Surface RT just can’t win!

      Either it’s not Laptop enough, or it’s too Hybrid, or it’s to low spec to ‘compete’ against the competition devices, etc

      It seems they just can’t wrap their brains around the fact that the Surface RT is in a category of it’s own!

      • NegLewis

        The Tablet Market has no Business Value – it’s just for end users – for consumption.
        This is the true.
        After x years the tablet market can finally grow to be productive.

      • garak0410

        You are SOOOO right. I got it because it was more than my Android tablet for sure. Windows RT is perfect for what this tablet can do. And I look forward to a growing user community. I am finding it the most productive tablet I’ve used.

  • Jdrm03

    That picture from the scottdale store? I’m there somewhere lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Freddie-Fuentes/1844263673 Freddie Fuentes

    I’m just off camera on the right! Pan over another 12 inches and you would see me. But yeah that place was packed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Tom/100001144097567 Gavin Tom

    yup the surface is amazing. I absolutely love how I can do work if I need to, then just use it as a consumption tablet at home, And it works great as both if I need them to work!