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Microsoft releases own tablet for Windows 8
Marvin Hlavac
This may be my next PC.

Larry, tell them not to release it without a built-in GPS! And ST2013 trial version should be installed on all sold units! :-)

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Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail.
Source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx
SpadesFlush
A bit late; look at all the iPads and Android tablets sold.
tcassidy
It's too bad the release date for the Win8 version probably won't be until next year. It certainly sounds interesting.

Terry
Ken in Regina
They said about 3 months after the ARM version. That would make it around Xmas.

This virtually guarantees some kind of maps app, whether it's Streets&Trips or something newer. It will be necessary to keep it competitive with the other products. I can't imagine they would allow it to default to Google Maps. Even Apple has decided to do their own and try to supplant Google Maps on the iThingies.

...ken...
Boyd
The main thing I took away from this announcement is how Microsoft has decided to compete head to head with some of their best customers (HP, Dell, Asus) on hardware. Does that mean they don't think other companies will get it right and therefore they need their own model as an example?

Or is it just Apple envy where they control both the hardware and software? Whatever the reason, I'll bet it won't help their relationship with the aforementioned companies. I have not used Windows 8 myself, but the features they are bragging about really don't interest me much.
MrUmbra
If its screen doubles as a mirror I'm not interested.

--- CHAS
Boyd
I just read the press release in that link above. Microsoft should really hire somebody who knows how to write, that is terrible. Do they really think the market is craving something designed by "Microsoft Employees"? And I love the part entitled "Software takes center stage" that only discusses the hardware, like the USB port, the screen and the angle of the case.

And "Vapor Mag" would be a good title for a periodical about a lot of things that have been announced in the tablet computer industry.

Have you ever seen this video, which was created by an actual Microsoft employee as a result of the frustrations he experienced? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k
Marvin Hlavac
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If its screen doubles as a mirror I'm not interested.

--- CHAS
Indeed that would be a show stopper.

My requirements are modest. Currently I use Fujitsu T4310 tablet/laptop convertible. I'd like my future PC to be:
  • lighter
  • thinner
  • approx. same (or better) CPU / RAM
  • same (or better) screen brightness

I'd also want to use it as my only PC. My current unit has 12" screen, which is satisfactory. I'm not 100% certain if downgrading to 10.6" screen size would still allow me to use it comfortably.
Marvin Hlavac
I wonder if the MS tablet is equipped with GPS, too: Windows 8 Ultrabooks/Convertibles to be equipped with GPS
Marvin Hlavac
Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet coming October 26th for $199? It's a bit hard to believe a Windows 8 tablet PC will come to a retailer near you for only $199! That may make it quite easy for many people to decide what to put on their Christmas shopping list this year.
GoneNomad
"That MSRP, almost certainly lower than Microsoft's own cost, would line it up against the Nexus 7 and even the Kindle Fire...The question is: will it drive enough sales of media and apps for Microsoft to recoup its loss?"

Indeed. ...especially since current Windows programs won't run on the RT version of Windows. I wonder how many existing programs will be ported over to the new OS, and how quickly new ones will be created. And I believe the last problem is going to be that Windows 8 itself will be another colossal flop (perhaps worse than Vista) once it becomes widely apparent that the new interface hinders, rather than helps, the vast majority of typical Windows users whose entire time is spent in an office environment.
malaki86
What is "Windows RT"?

If that thing will run the software I currently use, I'm definitely interested!
GoneNomad
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If that thing will run the software I currently use, I'm definitely interested!
Nope. Windows RT is a new version of Windows 8 that runs on non-Intel ARM CPUs: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_RT). Windows RT will only be available pre-installed on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs, and will include touch-optimized versions of the basic set of Office 2013 applications. Other programs (or "apps") will (at minimum) have to be re-compiled for RT, and typically a lot more will have to be done than just a re-compile. So much for using any legacy programs on RT.

With iOS and Android now fully established, and with so many inexpensive clones of MS Office available for both these OSs, I think Microsoft is too late to the party this time, and RT will have a much tougher time doing in the mobile OS arena what Windows was eventually able to do in the desktop PC arena (displace the MacOS), which was partly made possible because the earliest versions of Windows would run on most of the latest contemporary PC hardware. Windows RT will not, nor will existing Windows programs run on it (though I'm sure there will be the usual assortment of half-baked x86 emulators for RT, which will be practically useless considering the low power/performance nature of RT's native hardware).

The "traditional" form of Windows that runs on Intel CPUs will come in three variants, called "Windows 8," "Windows 8 Pro," and "Windows 8 Enterprise" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions )
SpadesFlush
@GoneNomad: why am I not surprised?
malaki86
Oh well - was worth a shot, anyway. Thanks for the quick reply.
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