Some unscientific information about Surface sales through Xmas
TheNextWeb is reporting on a Barron's investor note from some tech consulting firm called RW Power. According to their retail checks at Best Buy and Staples, sales volume is 'modest' and tablets in general aren't big sellers at Staples. Staples reps also reported that the primary appeal of the Surface to buyers has been the Microsoft Office bundle.
Obviously this isn't much better than the speculation that happens on these forums LOL and most of the info here is ambiguous corporate-speak. That said, it was interesting that Office was a selling point. It's hard to know whether this is actually true or whether sales reps are simply reciting stuff from their product training sessions.
Link to the article: http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/12/26/christmas-retail-checks-show-microsoft-surface-demand-modest-compared-to-ipad-and-kindle-fire/