Microsoft readies Surface for a starry night

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Microsoft is launching Surface at Midnight on October 25th at the same time as Windows 8 becomes available. Surface unveiled back in June is their crack at the Tablet market.

Various news articles report that they have 3 million devices readied for the launch and are keeping some details, such as price a secret until the launch itself, how tedious.

All you need to know about the Surface

  • 10.6 Inch display with pop out stand
  • Weight, between 676g and 903g depending on spec
  • Thickness wise from 9.3mm to 13.6mm thick for the RT and Pro respectively
  • 2 architectures available, Intel x86 and Arm
  • Arm versions will run Windows RT, Real Time version and will not have the full desktop, so it’s metro (or whatever they call it now) on that device
  • Intel versions will run the standard x86 version, will be called Pro with the benefit of compatibility with existing applications it will also sport the full desktop
  • The pro will also come with a full HD screen, exact resolutions are yet to be revealed
  • Pro’s can be stuffed with up to 128Gb of storage while the RT variant 32 or 64Gb
  • Available is a nifty looking case with a build in keyboard very snazzy
  • Estimated prices are £400 for the RT version and up to £900 for the Pro
  • The powers that be in Redmond decided to use pop-up shops around the U.S and Canada to launch the device, as there is no release date for Europe yet they have not bothered with any elsewhere so we are going to have to wait.
    God bless her and all who sail in her, well if you live in the U.S or Canada that is.

    So is this going to get Microsoft back on track especially in consumer territory? The majority of opinions I have read seem to feel that the surface is to expensive to grab iPad market share and does not have a compelling enough proposition to make people jump from Android.
    For corporate use the Pro is a good device for application compatibility but only time will tell if this is going take it anywhere.