Steve Ballmer: Surface Sales Are "Modest," But Wait for Surface Pro

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is an able champion for his brand, but even he couldn't muster up much enthusiasm over sales of his Surface RT tablet in a recent interview with a French newspaper. Unless something was seriously lost in translation, sales of Microsoft's slate have been "modest" so far—but just you wait until its big brother gets here.

Ballmer pivoted to Surface Pro, the x86, full Windows version of his harried tablet, as a hope for the future. Which is totally fair; the promise of Surface portability with a full Windows 8 machine is tantalizing. But now might be a good time to remind ourselves that there's no firm Surface Pro release date or price, which means that our expectations for its timely arrival should be, well, modest at best. [Le Parisien via PocketNow]