Microsoft Surface – Taking over iPad, Tablets and Ultrabooks?

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Surface is a new tablet from Microsoft which runs on Windows 8. Many of us own or at least have seen tablets around with iPad being the popular choice. There are also other tablets running on Android platform such as Samsung Galaxy Tab.

With iPad and Android tablets monopolizing the market, can the new Surface tablet penetrate the market and grow? I believe it will.

To begin with, Surface runs on Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system. This means, there would be native support and compatibility with Microsoft products and file formats. This will definitely attract buyers who are already using Windows, which accounts for around 70% of the worlds operating system usage. That is a ready market for Microsoft to cash in!

Let’s go through some of the Surface features:

Casing: The casing is made of VaporMg, an element that delivers high-quality finishing, ultra-light and durable. VaporMg is three times lighter than aluminium!

Kickstand: A panel flips open at the back of Surface and becomes a stand. You can use Kickstand and place Surface on a table and enjoy your videos or put in the kitchen while looking at recipes online.

Touch Cover: This is a dual-purpose cover which can be used as keyboard when flip opened. This Touch Cover clicks on and sticks to the edge of Surface.

Type Cover: This is also a dual-purpose cover with mechanical keyboard that offers a classic typing experience.

Connections: Surface comes with full-size USB port, microSD card slot and HD video out port. microSD card slot allows up to 64GB of extra storage.

Surface comes in 2 versions, Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Compare their features below:

Surface with Windows RT Surface with Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Windows RT is a new version of Microsoft Windows that is designed to run on ARM-based tablets and PCs. Works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store. Runs existing Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with existing infrastructure. Works with programs and the apps available in the Windows Store.
Productivity Provides up to 8 hours of battery life. Surface with Windows RT is pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview edition. Surface with Windows 8 Pro supports the full Office experience. Supports Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more. Surface with Windows 8 Pro can run all of your applications that you’ve used on previous versions of Windows.
Applications Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview, (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games. Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games.
Security Surface with Windows RT has device encryption and Windows Defender. Windows 8 Pro includes better networking and IT management. It is secured with BitLocker drive encryption, use Remote Desktop, Active Directory and Client Hyper-V. Also compatible with third party applications.
Connectivity Always connected, even when in standby mode. Connected standby keeps apps up-to-date. Connectivity off when hibernating/sleeping to preserve battery.
Thinness 9.30mm 13.5mm
Weight 1.5lbs 2.0lbs
Battery 31.5 W-h 42 W-h
Storage 32GB, 64GB 64GB, 128GB
Screen 10.6”, 16:9, 1366×768 10.6”, 16:9, 1920×1080
Ports Stereo speakers
Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
Stereo speakers
Full-size USB 3.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port

Watch these videos and see if Surface is the right tablet computer for you:

Visit Microsoft Surface website for pricing.

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