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Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said that it will start selling its business-oriented Surface Pro tablet that runs a high-performance x86 microprocessor along with Windows 8 Pro operating system in February. Originally, Microsoft planned to start selling the Surface Pro slate in January, but for some reasons delayed the launch till February 8, 2013.

In February, Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions: 64GB version for $899 and 128GB version for $999. Both versions will include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology (prevent handwriting from getting interrupted if the user accidently places palm on the screen) and the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablets with Windows 8 Pro are based on Intel Core i5 microprocessor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and feature 10.6” screen with 1920*1080 resolution, a dramatic improvement compared to the Surface tablets with Windows RT. The professionals-oriented tablets also feature USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, two 720p cameras, and special 2*2 MIMO antennas for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, no version with 3G or 4G/LTE will be available initially.

Microsoft promises that the slate weighs less than two pounds (903 grams) and is 13.5 mm thick. The characteristics seem to be impressive when compared to outdated x86-based business tablets that exist today. However, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets are slightly lighter and slightly thinner than ultra-thin notebooks, such as Apple MacBook Air.

While Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro is officially a tablet, it should actually be considered as a fully-fledged laptop as it can run all the applications almost ever written for Windows operating system and x86 microprocessors. At the same time, the business tablets are rather heavy and thick, which is why they will be compared to ultra-slim laptops by the end users. It remains to be seen how popular will such devices eventually be. In theory, they have all chances to significantly affect the market of ultra-portable notebooks. But in reality many users will prefer systems with keyboards.

Tags: Microsoft, Surface, Windows 8

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The whole problem is that customers prefer a non Windows operating system. Till the market wakes up to this they will flail around trying anything to get sales. The iPad etc are selling not because they have an ARM processor, but because they don't use Windows. Once the scribes etc realise that people will happily use another operating system. I use Windows not because I like the OS, but because at present the only alternative for me is to switch to Apple or Linux both of which I have used in the past, but am limited in the choice of applications. Now that Chrome is out with an integrated set of application I may try it out on one of the spare machines which had Win 8 on which drove me up the wall.
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/22/13 09:12:07 PM]
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you are over-generalising.

people pick tablets for the portability offered. so far to have decent battery life and low weight, the only options are either Android or iOS. Windows based tablet PCs thus far are basically convertible notebooks.

The older windows OS are pretty clunky for touch interface. Win8 works somewhat better. though i'm not sure about them mixing their tablet interface with traditional KB and Mouse systems.

my dad would have loved a windows tablet. so that he wont need to learn how to use Android.... or be limited by iOS. everything he knows so far can just be used on a windows tablet with minor input changes.

offices do not need to write custom programs for non-windows environment.

so lots of people are watching to see how Win8 tablets turn out.

non-windows OS? you said it yourself... limited choice of applications with anything other OS. let me know when you find an OS that is easy to program and where your app doesnt get obselete just because of frequent OS updates (looking at you Android) and doesnt gets crippled due to blocked functionality access (dont act dumb iOS)

linux is highly fragmented and not for the novice.
macOS is fine.. just the machine it runs on is a pain to keep running when things break (and they do)

try win8 with a touchscreen system. its a whole different feel. in a good way. it does suck some for keyboard and mouse implementation. i'll stick to win7 for them.
0 0 [Posted by: cheesefox  | Date: 01/22/13 10:34:26 PM]
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I do not know how old your Dad is but I'm in my 70"s and and touch screens do not work with CAD
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