Poll: Should Microsoft stay in the Surface hardware business?

Kip Kniskern

Earlier this week, Microsoft pulled the plug on Groove Music, “partnering” with Spotify to move customers over to that service, and announcing that the Groove Music Pass will shut down by the end of the year. On the heels of that, some industry analysts are predicting that Microsoft will be looking to get out of another highly visible but marginally profitable (at least for Microsoft) business, Surface.

So for this week’s poll we ask the question: Should Microsoft get out of the computer hardware business?

Microsoft made a strong statement with the first Surface computers at a time when PC hardware was floundering, and the Surface tablet + keyboard design has changed the industry, and even made Apple sit up and take notice. Even with their flaws, the Surface Hub and the Surface Book have proven to be innovative designs, but Microsoft’s most recent offerings, while solid computing devices, have lacked that “wow factor” provided by those earlier Surface devices.

Does Microsoft have more Surface tricks up its sleeve, or is it time to get out of the way and let the OEMs take over? Take our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!