Skip to comments.Microsoft Surface: the first serious iPad competitor? (Targeting the corporate tablet market)
Posted on 06/23/2012 9:11:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Watch out, Apple. Microsofts mystery announcement is out of the bag and its giving the iPad a run for its money.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Microsoft Surface, a new tablet that heads a whole new family of Microsoft computing devices, Ballmer announced at the mystery event at the Milk Studios in Hollywood, Calif., Monday afternoon.
From what weve seen and heard, the Surface tablet is perhaps the first serious competitor to Apples iPad tablet. Whats more, its got the capability of a PC as good for creating content as it is for consuming, according to Ballmers highly anticipated announcement and demo.
The 1.8-pound device will have a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass 2.0 screen with a thickness of 9.3 mm. Like the iPad, its got a magnetically-connected magnesium case that doubles as a kickstand for viewing video and it also has a full multi-touch keyboard, a major advantage for users who want a more versatile tablet.
Another advantage? The Surface tablet also comes with Microsoft Word, a full-size USB drive, and can run a full Windows desktop, making it a true tablet computer. It will run on Windows 8. The tablet also comes with digital ink so users can use a magnetic stylus to write on it.
Microsoft hasnt yet released price points on the Surface tablet, which will be available in later this year, probably timed to the holiday season.
As for e-reading, the Surface tablet may not be ideal: at 10.6 inches, its more unwieldy than most books. Readers who want a device solely for reading would probably be better off with a Kindle or Nook. E-reading wasnt featured at Microsofts Mondays demo.
This device, however, is poised to take a chunk out of the tablet market, especially the corporate tablet market.
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I wouldn’t count on it even being that good
And, of course, in the launch demo... it freezes:
That's a bit premature, considering the Surface isn't even shipping yet.
RT is pointless.
Pro is very cool, useful, and WWAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overpriced.
600 vs 1000 what will a person do?
but the $300 android whatever...
assume is is THAT good. it does EVERYTHING as advertised and it is better than an apple tablet.
it is $1000. it does not exist in the market at that price point. it is too expensive to be a player.
think betamax. better but more expensive.
It hasn't even shipped yet, and from the looks of it, the Applebots are already afraid of it.