Numerous companies have tried and failed. Now it is turn of Microsoft to take on Apple’s iPad. Microsoft dominated the PC market for the last 25-30 years with its flagship product, Windows, and was witnessing an evaporating market in last couple of years, since introduction of the iPad. In a move to take Apple’s iPad and its reign in the mobile market, Microsoft unveiled its own tablet Monday evening at a Microsoft press event in Los Angeles. The device is named Surface.
Microsoft has traditionally shyed away from manufacturing hardware. Surface is a very ambitious effort that Microsoft has built from the inside out, from the hardware to the software. Both Windows 8 and Surface are slated to release this fall. It is no surprise that Windows 8 will also power Surface. Simply put, the Surface is a Windows 8 tablet.
Microsoft said the smallest Surface tablet is 9.3 millimeters thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, which is similar to Apple’s iPad, at 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.44 pounds. The Surface has a 10.6-inch screen compared with the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. It also has front and rear cameras. There will be two versions of the tablet, one will run on traditional Intel chips and another using ARM Holdings – the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT, and the Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro.
At 9.3 mm, Surface for Windows RT is just thin enough to still sport a full sized USB port. Print,share, or charge your phne on the go. Surface has a 10.6″, 16:9 widescreen HD Display. Microsoft’s ClearType HD Display technology delivers a grear picture for movies. An ultra-wide viewing angle makes it easy for your friends to share in the vibrant experience. The auto adjusting screen intensity delivers great visual clarity, indoors and out. The addition of the Micro SD card slot will let you bring your entire music or movie collection with you on a vacation.
Surface comes with an integrated Kickstand and a revolutionary 3 mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad. Your Touch Cover connects to your Surface with a single magnetic click.
The RT should be out in time for the holidays (at the same time that Windows 8 should roll out) and the Pro version of the tablet will come out three months later. Pricing of the tables will be revealed in the near future – only thing known about pricing is that it will be “competitively” priced.
A cover that folds out to become a keyboard will come with both versions. The Surface has a built-in kickstand and magnetic cover, which also acts as a touch keyboard. Microsoft didn’t say whether the device would connect to cellular data networks or would be Wi-Fi only. One of the biggest advantage of using the Surface will be that the Office is in-built. Users will be able to use work-oriented tools like Microsoft Word and Excel programs, not just be used for watching movies and surfing the Web.
Apple iPad and Windows Surface Comparison
In a world that is increasingly becoming more Apple and Android centric in the mobile world, the question looms if there is really room for a Windows tablet. While Surface might not kill the iPad, it might revive Microsoft.
Desktops and laptops have dominated the computing scene for a long time. Tablets have yet to prove themselves as serious productivity devices thanks to their limited computing platforms. With Windows Surface, it might change. Even though it will likely never outsell the iPad, the Surface sets a clear standard for the PC makers – HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus. It shows the rest of the industry the proper way to make a Windows 8 tablet.