Microsoft Scores Wins With Those Who Are “Disappointed” With New MacBook Pro

In a blog post, Microsoft has announced November was its best month ever for consumer Surface sales. Part of that was likely driven by a trade in program aimed at MacBook Pro/Air owners where those owners could get up to $650 USD if they traded in a MacBook Pro/Air notebook for a Microsoft Surface Book or Surface Pro 4. Here’s what Microsoft sees as the key reason for its success:

More people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before. Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever, and the combination of excitement for the innovation of Surface coupled with the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro – especially among professionals – is leading more and more people to make the switch to Surface, like this. It seems like a new review recommending Surface over MacBook comes out daily. This makes our team so proud, because it means we’re doing good work.

The MacBook Pro hasn’t exactly gotten rave reviews since its introduction. On top of the USB-C fiasco that Apple had to make go away, and the fact that the solid state drive is soldered directly to the main board, and the battery life isn’t close to what Apple says it should be, low repairability scores from iFixit, problems with the three finger drag gesture, problems with the GPU, there have been problems with Boot Camp which have been since fixed. Not exactly the sort of good news that makes people want to buy these new notebooks. I’m pretty sure that there’s going to be a few difficult conversations taking place at 1 Infinite loop today over this news.

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