Microsoft’s own significance as a hardware maker pales by comparison, as the firm is only seventh among its hardware partners. But Microsoft has said time and again that it strives to create new categories of hardware for its partners to own. Given the rather sizeable number of Surface-like convertible tablets we’ve seen from Microsoft’s partners, it’s clearly achieved this with the Surface line of tablets. As for the Book? It appears the jury is still out.
The unanswered question this report raises is whether Microsoft will build a Surface Book 2. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would abandon the Book, given the massive amount of press coverage the original Book generated. If Microsoft always intended the Book to be a halo product rather than a mass-market success, that's one thing. But if sales are less than hoped-for, Microsoft might reconsider.
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