Microsoft’s Surface Tablet PC, and HOORAY for Competition!

Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced their own Windows-branded product for the burgeoning tablet market, the Surface.  With the release of Microsoft Surface into the wild along with the iPad and numerous Android tablets, the tablet market is bound to become better for consumers, thanks to that lovely word “competition.”   The Surface features touchscreen and gesture technology (based on a feature of the upcoming Windows 8/RT operating systems) , a scratch-resistant case and even a built in stand.  The cover for the device is also a multi-touch keyboard, which comes in handy as you can also utilize Windows 8/RT in the classic desktop-style mode without even using the touchscreen.  WOW!!! 

With the case/stand and keyboard combined (and no, it does not form Captain Planet), the Surface appears to be the tiniest, skinniest laptop in existence (since it’s form factor is mostly based upon a tablet). The device includes a stylus pen that is magnetic and can be attached to either the side or top of The Surface. The device also supports digital ink, which would allow the ability to mark up documents utilizing the included stylus (and possibly your finger). The Surface’s kickstand-style case measures at under a millimeter thick (like that of a credit card), and is purposely designed to make a loud, tactile noise when opened and closed to give a “visceral attachment to the product.”  Remember, this is STILL an ACTUAL Windows PC and not just a tablet running a mobile operating system (OS) like iOS or Android; you will still be able to use familiar Windows programs such as Office, Xbox and Netflix.

The Surface tablet PC running on Windows RT will come in 32 GB and 64 GB models, and will be priced like similar tablets based on the ARM processor. There will also be a Pro model running Windows 8 Pro that will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB models, which will be priced similarly with Ultrabooks, which is within the realm of $1,000. According to Microsoft, the Surface will launch at the same time as Windows 8 for PC, which is now slated for a late 2012 release (likely in late-October).  If you want more in-depth information on the Surface, head on over to Microsoft’s website (link below), or over at TechCrunch, where they wrote about their hands-on experience with the Surface as well as a breakdown of the quality of the Surface’s structure and innards.

[Thanks to Microsoft]

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