Earlier this evening, Microsoft got the tech world buzzing by announcing their entry into the Apple-dominated tablet market. Not only is it going to run Windows 8 and compete with the iPad, but it’s also built by Microsoft (not by a partner). They’ve named their new product Surface.
What We Know
- ● It will come with the option of three very bright colors and black which looks pretty good.
- ● Surface will be protected by a VaporMg casing.
- ● Two versions will be offered, one running Windows RT and the other running Windows 8 Pro.
- ● It will come with front-facing and rear-facing cameras.
- ● The included keyboard attaches by way of magnets.
- ● It features a 10.6″ ClearType HD display.
- ● A USB port (2.0 RT or 3.0 Pro) and a MicroSD slot will be standard.
- ● The Windows RT version will be 9.3mm thick and weigh 676 grams.
- ● The Windows 8 Pro version will be 13.5mm thick and weigh 903 grams.
- ● It is expected to launch in Fall 2012.
Is It An iPad Killer?
You could say that it’s going to kill the iPad, but you’d be wrong. Apple seems to be doing everything right and their iPad falls right in line with the successes of their iPhone and vast array of iPods. Frankly, I think a few of the Android tablets have a better shot at iPad’s market share.
Microsoft does bring something to the game, though. For starters, the Windows 8 Pro Surface is designed to be more like a full computer disguised as a tablet and ready to fight for some of the ultrabook space. Running versions of the upcoming Windows 8 OS on Surface could be a blessing or a curse. It will definitely help with the learning curve for anyone how has a Windows 8 desktop PC or laptop, but it had better perform well. With the USB and MicroSD capabilities, it already feels more computer-like than an iPad. If Microsoft could provide one optional accessory, it would have to be a docking station with HDMI out. That way, you could carry around your PC and just dock it to your TV and wireless keyboard and mouse when you arrive home.
One thing is certain. Microsoft has just opened the door to a new market and an uphill struggle to share in the tablet craze. It will be exciting to see how this plays out over the next few months.