“The Surface is a PC. The Surface is a tablet. And the Surface is something new that we think people will absolutely love,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Everyone is talking about this tablet, some critics say the tablets will fail while others say it will capture the market by destroying Apple’s iPad but it’s the quality, innovation, efficiency and the time that will judge its dominion.
Microsoft is going to launch its new tablet pc by the name of “Microsoft surface” approximately by August/September 2012 as per most of the blogs and websites. Microsoft is determined to release the Surface along with their much anticipated windows 8 operating system which has been designed with tablets in mind.
Surface will be available in two variants, one with windows RT and the other one with windows 8 operating system. Windows RT will come with a home and a student version of Microsoft Office making it more productive.
Microsoft surface comes with a 0.7 millimeter kickstand in order to keep it in an upright position along with a 3 millimeter thick touch keyboard which is snapped on using magnets. The total weight of the device is under 1.5 pounds which is similar to iPad’s which is 1.3 pounds.
Microsoft Surface screen measures 10.6 inches diagonally, compared to 9.7 inches of iPad. Along with this it has a 16:9 aspect ratio which has become the most common aspect ratio for sold televisions and computer monitors and is also the international standard format of HDTV as compared to iPad’s 4:3.
The price tag of Microsoft Surface will fall in between the range of $499 to $829, as most of the high end tablets fall in this range. But still we have to wait and see whether these prices are a real deal or not.
Microsoft is basically transferring from the old world of mice and keyboards to the new world of touch screens in order to become a tough competitor of iPad. Microsoft Surface has one new additional aspect which is its touch keyboard cover which is really thin and feels great to type with.
But most of the blogs are saying that Microsoft Surface will lag behind regarding the touch screen as compared to iPad because the image doesn’t come along in real time, that’s noticeable on Surface.
Microsoft surface has the fewest ports it can get away with, the bottom edge has a magnetic keyboard connector while the top has a power button and the sides have two speakers, micro SD, dual microphones, one USB 2.0 port ( USB 3.0 for the surface pro ) and micro HDMI.
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One advantage that a Microsoft surface has that unlike other tablets, it will be able to run any program or software that is capable of running on your home or office computer. On the same hand iPad has plethora of applications reaching up to 225,000 due to which its popular, Microsoft have to convince the third party app developers to start creating apps specifically for this new platform, which will be hard to do.
Overall its quite a surprise that Microsoft have created its own tablet but they have done a quite decent job. All they have to do is to get the price right and most of all get the consumers attention but most all convincing the world that Windows 8 is a comparable tablet OS to IOS and android.