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?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
As we come to the end of one of our most successful year’s yet, we’re so happy to share in the giving spirit of this holiday season by announcing the winners of one of our biggest promotional giveaways ever!
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Did you rip open your December issues of Lucky or Glamour Magazine & surprised to see that the covers have been replaced by a replica of the Windows 8 desktop?
For 14 of Conde Nast‘s December issues of magazines including Wired, The New Yorker, Vogue and Glamour, the covers won’t look anything like the standard ones.
Instead, they’ll look like Windows 8 Start screens, as part of the company’s initiative to inform readers about its content on the new platform. The cover attachments aren’t paid ads for Microsoft — those can be found inside the magazines — instead, the covers are coordinated with them. Ad Age reports that the full pages show the Windows 8 Start screen tailored for some of the magazines’ editors:
“Glamour, for example, depicts a Start screen for Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive with items such as highlights from a magazine event, a tweet that Windows 8 pulled in from @glamourmag, a December Issue Sampler for Windows 8, the Windows camera app, a special edition of the magazine and a holiday-party reminder from the new Windows 8 Calendar app.”
Looks good to me, I can’t wait to dig into my December issues of Glamour & Lucky and start my holiday Christmas wish- list off right!
Looking for a few highlights on how Windows 8 can impact your daily life? We’ve got two of our favorite highlights that’ll affect your effective mobile and desktop use of the new Windows 8. From syncing your office life with home life to a unique way to protect your precious work…check out a few highlights that have already caught our attention…
Ready to sync your office, home & play life? There’s an app for that! Microsoft has released an app for syncing Windows Phone 8 phones to Windows 8 and Windows RT. Today Windows will officially launch its new mobile operating system. The launch will focus on new developments with Skype, Facebook and Internet Explorer. HTC will be a premier partner of the launch and has already announced its HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 handsets back in September. So what should you expect? With the new app, users will be able to:
- Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
- Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
- Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
- See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
- Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.
Secondly, if you’ve ever lost track of any security passwords for your desktop, tablet or smartphone – then you know how difficult it is keeping track with the uppercase, lowercase and special characters that sometimes protect you from, well…YOU!
Windows 8 offers a new twist on security by letting you log in with a picture password as an alternative to a text password or PIN. A picture password seems better suited for touch-screen tablet users, but PC users can also tap into the feature and use a mouse to create and re-create the gestures. Here’s how to set up a picture password in the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Does your office plan on upgrading to Windows 8? Are you becoming more and more intrigued by Windows new mobile, computing eco-system? Still trying to figure out if Windows 8 is right for you? Sound off below…
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?