Microsoft's Surface revenue plummets by 30%: Market overcrowded, buyers elusive, and PC sales in crisis

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Microsoft's FY23 Q3 results are in, and, at least for More Personal Computing, things are not looking great due to a very weak consumer market and declining demand for Surface hardware. Here's what you need to know.

Microsoft's Surface revenue plummets by 30%: Market overcrowded, buyers elusive, and PC sales in crisis : Read more
They are great devices but they're getting a little pricey too. Adding a little thickness and weight can get you a system with a dedicated low end gaming graphics card for the same price as their cheapest laptops.
 
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Of course, it would help if Microsoft bothered to launch products worth buying.

I thought the whole idea of the Surface brand was to create cutting edge devices that would inspire OEM's to copy them. That seems to have fallen by the way side.

In 2022 we saw the Pro 9 and Laptop 5, both decent devices but hardly inspirational, and certainly not worth upgrading to. And then there was the Studio 2. Once again, Microsoft managed to release an insanely expensive machine with out of date hardware. How? And why?

2023 looks set to be another dull and uninspired year from Surface. An Arm Surface Go. That's the big reveal? Weak.

In a year where Google launch the Pixel Fold and Apple drop their VR experience, Microsoft are responding with an underperfoming laptop.

Not a great time to be a Surface fan.
 

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Of course, it would help if Microsoft bothered to launch products worth buying.

I thought the whole idea of the Surface brand was to create cutting edge devices that would inspire OEM's to copy them. That seems to have fallen by the way side.

In 2022 we saw the Pro 9 and Laptop 5, both decent devices but hardly inspirational, and certainly not worth upgrading to. And then there was the Studio 2. Once again, Microsoft managed to release an insanely expensive machine with out of date hardware. How? And why?

2023 looks set to be another dull and uninspired year from Surface. An Arm Surface Go. That's the big reveal? Weak.

In a year where Google launch the Pixel Fold and Apple drop their VR experience, Microsoft are responding with an underperfoming laptop.

Not a great time to be a Surface fan.
Sure, the reasons are for some reason beyond the obvious market forces people have been predicting and talking about and then proven correct about for years at this point, it's instead your opinion on how "boring" they are that matters. Let's also ignore that Apple is down 40%, doing even worse. Guess they are boring too, or rather, people will magically have better reasons/excuses for them - like... the easily predictable outcomes everyone saw coming post pandemic and during an economic downturn.
 

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They are great devices but they're getting a little pricey too. Adding a little thickness and weight can get you a system with a dedicated low end gaming graphics card for the same price as their cheapest laptops.
True, but just how little is little, and what qualifies as low-end in these examples. Surfaces are largely not gaming focused at all, so thinner and not stuff with power hungry gaming stuff is appropriate (The Steam Deck, for an imperfect comparison, is a loser in the battery life department).
 

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Microsoft's FY23 Q3 results are in, and, at least for More Personal Computing, things are not looking great due to a very weak consumer market and declining demand for Surface hardware. Here's what you need to know.

Microsoft's Surface revenue plummets by 30%: Market overcrowded, buyers elusive, and PC sales in crisis : Read more
Quick call out on the numbers - the 30% loss is comparison to last FY, not the previous quarter. Its not a compounded 30% loss - its a 30% loss vs the same quarter of the previous FY. y/y vs q/q
 

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