Microsoft said this week that Best Buy would carry the Windows 8 Surface RT tablet. Best Buy is bleeding cash, and Surface sales are slow -so it's a bit like pairing a cardiac case with an asthmatic. But if managed right, the combination could help both patients get off life support.
Microsoft has not commented publicly on Surface sales, but some analysts have said that they are running below the company's expectations. Analysts at Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton last week pegged sales of Surface RT at between 500,000 and 600,000 units since the product launched on Oct. 26. By contrast, Apple sold 3 million iPads in three days following November's debut of the iPad Mini.