Microsoft took its time getting into the tablet market, primarily because it had to work on building an operating system that would offer a positive experience on the touchscreen form factor, which Windows 7 most certainly doesn’t. With Windows 8 just around the corner, so is Surface, the new Microsoft-branded tablet.
Microsoft Surface RT is arriving on the same day as Windows 8 (Oct. 26) with Surface Pro following early in 2013. RT offers a pared-down version of the operating system for ARM processors, and only apps officially released through Windows Store will be compatible. Thankfully a version of Office 2013 is included, which prevents this model from being a total disaster.
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We asked you, What Do You Think Of The Microsoft Surface? The response was great, with dozens of people offering their insights into the Microsoft Surface.
There are a surprising number of people excited about the device and seemingly eager to buy one. There are others who want nothing to do with the Surface and feel it’s a case of ‘too little, too late’ for Microsoft when the iPad and Android tablets have established themselves so well in the market.
I’d suggest that the biggest group of commenters on the original article were those who remain undecided; who feel they need to actually get their hands on a Surface before they can give an honest and unbiased opinion. And they could have a point. After all, how many of us have visited an Apple Store to try an iPad before deciding whether it’s worth buying one or not?
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The price does seem to be a touch on the “no way I’m gonna pay that much for a tablet/skateboard hybrid” side. But there’s no denying its biggest advantage; Office. For people using services like Excel, PowerPoint and so on, it’s a no-brainer. Its biggest disadvantage; having Windows RT. The only way you can get apps is through the Marketplace, which can be a deciding factor for some. For those who were expecting it to be an ultrabook, this may be disappointing. It looks more similar to an overgrown Windows phone than a laptop. But maybe I’m wrong. I would love to see Microsoft prove me wrong.
The mention of Office is a good one, as is the suggestion that Windows RT and its Marketplace apps is going to turn some people off. It’s also prudent to remind people the Surface RT isn’t meant to be an ultrabook alternative, and anyone buying it with such a comparison in mind will be disappointed. Perhaps the Surface Pro will better fit the bill.
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