Microsoft Surfaces With A New Tablet
From laptops to netbooks, e-readers to smart phones, there was no surprise that tablets have taken off as the latest and greatest in casual technology.
While Apple leads the pack in terms of mainstream recognition with their iPads, quite a few other companies have charged the scene to receive a good deal of success. With their announcement Monday, it looks like Microsoft is ready to enter the fray as well.
Now breaching the surface of tablet technology, Microsoft runners intend to overtake the market using their latest addition to the Windows line with the “Surface.”
Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows Live Division, introduced the product at an invite-only press event held in Hollywood at Milk Studios. "It's a tablet that works and plays the way you want to," he said, "a tablet that's a great PC. A PC that's a great tablet. Surface."
The product is intended to go along with the new Windows 8, both supporting and leading the usability of the operating system.
Chief Executive of Microsoft Steve Ballmer commented, “With Windows 8, we don’t want to leave any scene uncovered. We wanted to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware.” He pointed out PCs, Notebooks, and now tablets will all run their software.
The “Surface” is a combination of hardware and software pushing against each other, a new product that relies on its functions as a computer just as much as its operating system. More than any other tablet, the experience is akin to taking along an even lighter and more portable computer. “Surface fulfills the dream of working anywhere. Surface your enjoyment, your creativity, your productivity,” Ballmer continued.
What makes this tablet special is the addition of a color-customized keyboard that already proves to be a departure from the now traditional touch-screen keys. The keyboard, while light and portable as is, is just as easily detached through a magnet style clip-on function. Running on the latest Windows operating system designed specifically for it, this tablet should outshine all other products currently on the market.
Furthermore, seeing as the tablet is running actual PC software, running actual PC games should not prove to be any more difficult than on any other computer. Eric Neustadter of Xbox Live Operations tweeted that running Civilization 4 or 5 should be a simple matter, so it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to expect some gaming compatibility unlike any other touch pad yet. Perhaps even something related to Xbox Live compatibility? Only time will tell.
Follow up on Microsoft's newly activated site, surface.com.
For those interested in the specs, Microsoft has shown two variations between the announced Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. All images and sizes are still in development, however, they are good estimates of what the planned devices should be.
- 9.33 mm thick
- 10.6" ClearType HD DIsplay
- 31.5 Wh battery
- microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
- Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
- 32 GB, 64 GB
- 903 g
- 13.5 mm thick
- 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
- 42 Wh battery
- microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video,
- Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
- 64 GB, 128 GB