Microsoft to end Surface 3 production by December
Microsoft has announced that it is going to end the production for the Surface 3 line by December 2016. This confirmation came in just after the reports that said that the stock for the Surface 3 and Band 2 has fallen short in some stores across the US.
Are there any plans for new devices in the Surface lineup?
While the official confirmation for the discontinued series is there, we are still to hear from the company regarding the release of a new device. We are not sure if the launch will take place this year or in 2017.
According to a report by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the company has postponed the rolling out of Windows “Redstone” 2 until early next year as they are planning to release the top of the line hardware with the latest release of Windows 10.
She also said that there is no certainty as to if the company plans to push out new Microsoft-branded devices in spring of 2017 or if it will release the next-generation Surface Book laptops or Surface Pro tablets.
She added that according to a claim made by one of the sources, the company executives have been going back and forth when it comes to the successor to the Surface Pro 3 line.
For those of you who are unacquainted with the device, it was unveiled in May 2015 and is the budget tablet offering by the company. It was priced originally at $499 and is based on the Atom processor. The LTE variants of the device are also available. Talking of the operating system, it ran on the Windows 8.1 version, however, the Windows 10 upgrade is also available now.
We do find it odd that the company has chosen to stop the production of the device 6 months before time. We think that the Atom processor along with the limited storage is the reason behind its lack of success as a desktop replacement.