Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft’s first tablet, the Surface, this summer. It’s expected to launch along with Windows 8, the next operating system for PCs, on October 26.Now the tech world is bubbling with all kinds of speculation and excitement at what the future might hold as Microsoft enters the tablet market in a big way.
Personally, we’re excited for it. Here are seven reasons that we can’t wait to get our hands on this new tablet.
With the famous Live Tiles that can be resized and moved around the screen, or the semantic zoom feature reminiscent of the iPad, you'll want to touch Windows 8 all the time.
Your only option for mobile computing on Windows used to be a boring netbook. But now you can take care of all your computing needs with a stylish tablet.
Microsoft will release the 'Surface' and the 'Surface Pro.'
The Surface will run the Windows RT operating system and use an ARM processor, just like the iPad. It's slightly pared down for people who aren't obsessive about performance and just need a device for handling basic things.
The Surface Pro will run Windows 8 Pro, use an Intel processor, and is available in a 128 GB model. Think of it as a fully-functional laptop crammed into a tablet.
Both devices will have a 10.6-inch widescreen display. The Surface has an HD-quality display and the Pro has a Full HD display.
At the announcement event, Michael Angiulo, Microsoft's corporate VP of Windows Planning, said that when the Surface Pro is held 17 inches away, human eyes won't be able to distinguish individual pixels.
Microsoft will successfully beat Apple to offering 128 GB SSDs in its tablet. This is a big deal for media junkies who like to load their devices up with music and movies. The iPad maxes out at 64 GB.
Once again, the iPad offers neither of these. Surface users will be able to store extra files and extend the device's capabilities in a way that we have yet to see from Apple.
The Surface will offer two different types of keyboards -- the Touch Cover and the Type Cover.
The Touch Cover is 3 mm thin and functions as a touch-sensitive keyboard. The Type Cover is thicker and will be a normal tactile keyboard. Both will serve to protect the screen when folded shut.
The rumours are that the RT model will sell for $599. We think that if the Surface wants to stand a real chance at success in the tablet market, it needs to at least match or beat the iPad in price.
On the other hand, the Pro model is rumoured to cost $999, which is about in line with what other Ultrabooks cost. That's pretty reasonable.