Microsoft attacks iPad to unload Surface RT inventory

Microsoft's Surface RT.
(Credit: Microsoft)
Despite a $900 million write-down against its quarterly earnings for excess Surface RT inventory, or more precisely because of it, Microsoft launched a new ad to promote the hybrid tablet/laptop at a $150 discount from its original $499 price.
The 32GB $349 unit is compared to a 32GB $599 iPad in the ad, with an Apple Siri-like voice, representing the iPad, saying, "I'm sorry, I don't have a USB port...This is not going to end well for me," and concluding with the question, "Do you still think I'm pretty?"
What's clear is that things have not been going well for Microsoft's Surface RT. Apple's iPad has sold well over 100 million units and has close to 50 percent of the entire tablet market.