As Surface Pro 3 rumors swirled around the industry claiming that Microsoft was jumping ship from their most identifiable line of tablets, coinciding with remarks from CEO Satya Nadella, who referred to Surface as a “supporter” rather than a part of their “core” business, it seems as though the company has finally spoken to quell those rumors.
Fans of the Surface Pro series shouldn’t worry too much at this point. The company made clear that it will not be ending its Intel-based Surface line. However, that leaves a lot of speculation up for grabs about the future of other devices, like ARM-based manufacturers. It would seem at this point that the company is at about keeping their Intel-based manufacturers, but willing to cut ties with – if necessary – ARM-based manufacturers.
The company did not give a definitive answer regarding the future of ARM-based systems and their place in the fold of Windows running devices like the Surface Pro models.
It’s important to note that the Surface Pro 3 was built with businesses in mind, and many businesses have showed caution when it comes to investing in the Surface tablet lineup with the remaining questions about their future, and commitment to the line. After all, no business wants to invest potentially millions in devices that ultimately become obsolete in a year.
Think of it the way businesses stuck so strongly to Windows 7, or even older, even with an option to upgrade. Change isn’t always a good thing, and any change is an investment. Even if you’re not investing money in a physical item, you’re investing time, effort and allocations to the upgrade, and that is where companies have their mind set when it comes to the Surface tablets.
However, Microsoft ensured that they plan on giving businesses and customers the support they need and that no one should be concerned about the tablet line going anywhere anytime soon. That though, doesn’t mean that the future is as certain for those previously mentioned ARM-based models.
This could mean that Microsoft is unifying their tablet line, and working toward a line of products that can offer more, and give the company time to truly focus on their work toward taking on Google, and Apple in the tablet world.