Microsoft shocked everyone recently by announcing two of their own tablet devices known as ‘Surface’. Following very much in the footsteps of the Apple philosophy by bringing the best of hardware and software together within a single company and not relying on third parties, Microsoft have introduced two variants of the tablet – one with Windows RT (competing with the iPad) and the other with Windows 8 Pro (competing with Ultrabooks).

The general media need quite a push to show any kind of excitement and even more impressively they seemed to have very little idea of what Microsoft would be announcing – especially as there were many conflicting reports beforehand. The new devices by Microsoft look surprisingly special and the fact there is a kickstand integrated, a keyboard built into the cover and also an optional pen – follows a path in a pleasingly different direction to that of its main competitor the iPad.

Microsoft Surface Tablet

This is what Windows 8 is really all about. It may confuse some within the traditional desktop & notebook computing world (although perfectly usable), however in this new hybrid variant Windows RT & Windows 8 could really shine with the new Start Screen, Metro interface and full-screen apps in this new era of computing that lays ahead.

The Windows RT Surface tablet based almost exclusively around Metro full-screen apps features:

  • Windows RT
  • 676g light
  • 9.3mm thin
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD Display
  • 31.5 W-h battery
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • 32 GB, 64 GB storage

The Windows 8 Pro Surface comes with all the features you expect from Windows including a fully working Desktop, 64GB or 128GB storage, Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 Processor, USB 3.0 and a Full HD 16:9 ratio display (1920×1080):

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • 903g light
  • 13.5mm thin
  • 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
  • 42 W-h battery
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • 64 GB, 128 GB

From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface. Create, collaborate, and get stuff done with Office. Explore your world with fast, fluid Windows 8 apps. Discover new music, movies, and games in the Windows Store.
Microsoft Surface Official Website

We are still waiting for battery life details, pricing and a firm release date. All we do know according to Engadget is that the Windows RT tablet will appear at the same time as the Windows 8 operating system is released (also still not announced!) and the Windows 8 Pro tablet a few months after that.

Microsoft just became interesting again!

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James Woodcock

James is a Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming, gadgets and technology, both retro and modern. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles, including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, whilst also interviewing well-known industry figures for popular online publications. Creator of the ScummVM Music Enhancement Project and host of the Game & Gadget Podcast. View his portfolio for more information.

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