Reduces orders from four million units to two million

Microsoft cuts Surface production orders in half

Microsoft has dramatically reduced the number of Surface RT tablets it had on order with its Asian manufacturers.

According to the Channel Register, the original order was for four million of the ARM-based devices, however, this number has been halved to two million.

In addition, the vendor may bring forward the release date of the Intel-based Surface Pro tablets from early next year to next month.

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that sales of the device had been ‘modest’, but blamed this on limited availability.

The devices themselves have brought criticism from a wide range of Microsoft partners. Manufacturing partners are upset by the introduction of a rival product, while channel partners are displeased at being bypassed by the direct sales model.

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