Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued a new statement today saying that the company "is putting its full and sustained support" behind its Surface tablet program, indirectly refuting a rumor that Microsoft could shut down its Surface hardware division.
The rumor comes from the usually unreliable Digitimes, which claims, via its unnamed sources, that sales of the Surface Pro 3 are "weak" and that Microsoft could shut down the tablet division altogether. However, a new post on the Surface blog today begins with this statement: "Surface Pro 3 is off to a strong start with both individuals and businesses." The blog does not directly address the Digitimes story, but it does include a quote from Nadella near the end, where he states:
"We believe a strength of the Microsoft platform for enterprise is the rich ecosystem of hardware and applications developed by our partners, the community at large, and some of our own teams at Microsoft. In particular with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 we are now offering an enterprise-class device that can deliver great end user productivity. Microsoft is putting its full and sustained support behind the ongoing Surface program as one of a number of great hardware choices for businesses large and small."
The rest of the Surface blog concentrates on how the Surface Pro 3 could be an asset to businesses. It also reveals a new offer that gives companies up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station if all three are purchased together via an authorized reseller program. Finally, the blog states that not only will the Surface Pro 3 will support Windows 10 but that the accessories made for the 12-inch tablet will be compatible with the next version of the Surface Pro hardware.
Source: Surface blog