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Microsoft releasing Surface Pro on Feb 9

Microsoft releasing Surface Pro on Feb 9

Wed 23 Jan 2013 1:25am GMT / 8:25pm EST / 5:25pm PST
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Microsoft next shot in the tablet wars is coming next month

Microsoft announced the release date of its "Surface Windows 8 Pro" tablet today: February 9, 2013. The tablets will be launching in the United States and Canada, with product being available in Best Buy, Staples, and Microsoft Stores.

The tablet features a 10.6-inch, 1920x1080 resolution multi-touch screen powered by Intel's Core i5, 4GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage. The cheapest model will set you back $899, not counting an additional Touch Cover or Type Cover.

No release date for the tablet in the United Kingdom was given.

Microsoft also announced the under-performing Surface Windows RT will be coming to additional markets, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. UBS AG analyst Brent Thill cut his estimate of Surface RT's fourth quarter sales to 1 million, according to Bloomberg.

Will round two go better for Microsoft than round one did?

12 Comments

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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Core i5 is very powerful in a tablet.

Posted:A year ago

#1

gi biz ;,pgc.eu

341 51 0.1
Beating the dead horse? If anything, this "windows invasion" is helping to spread the opinion that windows is bad.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Sandy Lobban Founder and Creative Director, Noise Me Up

315 208 0.7
I dont know about that the Michele. Working as a programmer and designer myself over the years, I've always found that windows is where the vast majority of work actually gets done. Even installed it onto my macbook pro to get the best of both worlds. Granted the power consumption on the macbook running windows 7 is terrible, and its no where near as efficient as mac OS, but still works fine. :)

Posted:A year ago

#3

gi biz ;,pgc.eu

341 51 0.1
I've overheard more than once people lining in phone shops and the employees themselves speaking of returned windows phones and general dislike. That's both in Italy and UK in my experience. Speaking of the UK, I've noticed how much money MS is tossing at their phones, reserving the most visible shelves in shops and so on, but if you look well even kids steer away from there and go to the now less visible iPad shelf. That said, I never said anything about MacOS being a good choice in my opinion, but I don't think this is the place to discuss about this.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Sandy Lobban Founder and Creative Director, Noise Me Up

315 208 0.7
I agree. I assume you just mean the mobile version of windows, and not the desktop version. If however they can enable the mobile version to be a true extension of the desktop OS then that could be useful from a business point of view. Id probably have one if I could run visual studio when I'm out and about on this.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Andrew Lee Pearson Studying Game Designer, Train2Game

24 1 0.0
UK release date would be super helpful please.

I love my Surface RT, but I can't use Visual Studio on it, unless they release a Store App for it.

Posted:A year ago

#6

gi biz ;,pgc.eu

341 51 0.1
@Sandy: No no, I mean any windows version. You just said "it *could* be useful", alas it lacks so many features that should just be available one way or the other.
@Andrew: I will never understand. Get an ubuntu tablet and install code::blocks. You see, it's always like "I can't do this unless they do that". I don't understand, really. The day you have visual studio you will realize you miss yet something else.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games

363 208 0.6
" the under-performing Surface Windows RT will be coming to additional markets, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. "

How can we seriously talk about "underperforming surface RT" when it is not available in half the western world? And even where it is available, it actually is sold at very few physical locations. This was a choice microsoft made. Bad as many call it, but they must have their reasons. Perhaps one way of protecting their partners? Many of them feared that microsoft would monopolize the market with their hardware. MS chose not to. They had the power to do it. People expect a lot from microsoft, and always the best, no matter what they say. My explanation is that it's simply because, their core product is Windows, and that is something that must be protected above all. Pissing off their partners doesn't serve that purpose. On the other hand, i feel the partners disappointed MS with the first wave of win8 devices. But the second wave that emerged during CES is all but indifferent! Razer's Edge anyone? :)

Posted:A year ago

#8

Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent

281 814 2.9
Can't help feeling that, you know, 'Xboxing' the Surface up a bit will make it more appealing. If I could play all my 360 games on a Surface, MS would already have my money and the iPad 3 I'm typing this on would be sat in a second hand shop.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games

363 208 0.6
i also type on an ipad 3. i love it. it is everywhere with me. but it is soon to be given away to my brother. it's either a Surface Pro, or razer's edge i am getting, they are both far better than ipad for me simply because, i am not satisfied with a wannabe PC. the casual user is satisfied. but not the professional user who wants a real PC. not "something like a computer". and Surface pro is a machine that although more expensive than iPad, offers ultrabook performance in a tablet format.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

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@Yiannis - It is similar to how they canned the Zune because it under performed yet only sold it in North America so were always going to limit their market penetration.

Windows RT seems to be causing more issues than it is worth with things like Chrome not working on it etc. I think the Windows 8 Pro version will do a lot better as it will work with more existing applications without having to be made specifically for the OS like it seems to be with RT.

Posted:A year ago

#11
One of the main reason RT has failed is because Outlook doesn't run on it.

Outlook and to a lesser extent office is microsoft's killer app and it's obvious that they don't really want WOA to succeed.

Unfortunately Surface Pro may just be too expensive. Way to go again Balmer. When are business guys who run tech firms going to realise that these sort of business strategies just don't work.

Posted:A year ago

#12

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