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Microsoft Unveils New tablet - 2012-06-19

Microsoft has broken its tradition of relying on outside partners to manufacture the devices that run its software products. They unveiled the new “Surface” as their answer to other tablets like the Apple IPad and Blackberry Playbook. They will be producing 2 versions of the Surface, and both will use versions of the new Windows 8 operating system that Microsoft plans to launch at the same time. It is the biggest overhaul of Windows yet, and features a new touchscreen interface called “Metro”.

Microsoft plans to have the first, lighter version of the Surface available in the fall. The Windows RT Surface is similar in size and weight to the Apple IPad, but the most innovative piece is a cover that serves as a keyboard. The Touch Cover has keys similar to any touchscreen keyboard (smooth, without resistance), while the Type Cover has slightly raised letters that offer a more keyboard-like typing experience. For those who prefer having an actual key to press, this feature may make the Surface preferable to the IPad. The screen is 10.6 inches and is comes in 32GB and 64GB sizes.
The more robust Windows 8 Pro Surface will run the full Windows 8 software on Intel chips, and is expected to hit stores about three months after the Surface RT. It is designed to compete with the new generation of lightweight laptops called ultrabooks, and will be available in 64GB and 128GB models.

The Surface comes with a built-in kickstand that apparently gives a much better angle for viewing than the foldable IPad cover. The screen uses Corning’s Guerilla Glass, giving it exceptional damage resistance. This may be an unnecessary feature, as I can’t imagine throwing my Surface into my briefcase or purse without the cover on. And this may increase the cost – another warning from technology experts. Microsoft is keeping mum on the projected price of the Surface, but experts are warning that they will have to be extremely competitive to break into the market that is dominated by the Ipad.

We are looking forward to getting our hands on one of these, and will be sure to let you know as soon as we’ve had a chance to test it out. If you have any questions about how we can ensure your desktop PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone and email will all work seamlessly together, please give our helpdesk a call at (403)247-1664 or visit our website at