What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
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Amidst a nasty rumor that Apple declined to gift Oprah Winfery’s audience iPads during one of her last appearances years ago on The Oprah Winfrey show. A new tablet has made it’s way to the famed “Oprah’s Favorite Things” gift guide this year – the Microsoft Surface.
“The full-size keyboard built right into the cover makes work easy, the very smart kickstand makes watching a movie or Skyping a friend a delight, the less than a pound-and-a-half weight makes a great alternative to a laptop,” she adds.
This is a HUGE endorsement for the Microsoft brand, and it’s sure to affect upcoming holiday sales for the Surface. Are you interested in the Surface now that it’s made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list?
After a morning filled with Windows 8 news, views and reviews from Pier 57 in New York City – we’re surprisingly astonished at how impressed we are by the new Microsoft Surface tablet. With a full review coming soon, we wanted to give you a taste of the new Microsoft & how it’s stepped up it’s “coolness” factor with the new lively commercial ad for the Surface tablet below…
Have you heard the latest buzz about Windows 8 or the Surface? Are you interested in upgrading or waiting it out for reviews first?
Earlier today, Microsoft joined the tablet gauntlet unveiling the newest tablet to hit the arena – the Surface tablet. Being pitched as a tablet that’s a unique expression of entertainment and creativity. A tablet that works and plays the way you want.
A new type of computing. Surface. Just as Windows 8 is a re-imagining of the Windows operating system, Microsoft describes Surface as a reimagining of the tablet.
The first of its kind, Surface is designed to work as both tablet and PC and comes in a version running Windows RT as well as a version running Windows 8 Pro.Super-thin, the tablet is just 9.3mm thin for the Windows RT version and 13.5mm for the Pro version. Both have two full size USB ports — something you won’t find on the vast majority of the tablet competition. You’ll also find a Micro SD port on the side of the RT version and a microSDXC port of the Pro version for adding data to the device or reading files (like pictures from your digital camera) on the fly.
Surface has a 10.6-inch 16:9 widescreen HD display screen. Designed to be mobile yet sturdy, the screen is made of Gorilla Glass -– an ultra-strong glass – to prevent scratches and breaks if it takes a tumble. A built-in kickstand on the rear of the tablet holds it up while you’re typing or viewing videos.
A Touch Cover for the device protects the screen, and much like Apple’s Smart Cover does with the iPad, it connects to Surface via magnets on the device’s side. Unlike Apple’s cover, however, the inside of the 3mm cover doubles as a fully functional keyboard with a built-in trackpad when opened up. A stylus also comes with the Pro version, and attaches to the side of the tablet for easy storage.
Both versions of the tablet have 2×2 MIMO antennae. The RT version has a Micro HD Video port while the Pro version has a Mini DisplayPort Video. Surface running Windows RT will be available in 32 GB and 64GB sizes, while Surface running Windows 8 Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB sizes. While no pricing was announced, Microsoft says the tablets will be “priced to competitive rates with ARM tablets.”