Microsoft is expected to build a little more than 3 million Surface tablets. Production plans are for a few million units for calendar 2012, said IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell. "Probably a little over 3 million, both [Intel] x86 and ARM," he said. Surface RT is built around ARM processors and will not support older "legacy" software that runs on Windows 7. Intel-based Surface will run Windows 8 Pro that does run legacy software.
"If they build a few million units there's no way they can sell it through Microsoft store only," he said, referring to Microsoft's current plan. "So I think that they'll sell it through traditional retail also. You can't build that many products without having a much wider distribution strategy. They just haven't shared that [strategy] yet," he said.
Edited by USG Ishimura, 18 August 2012 - 05:11 AM.