Microsoft Introduces a Challenger to the iPad

By: ctal
June 19th, 2012
6:24 am

Microsoft Introduces a Challenger to the iPad

In its most strategically significant push yet into the hardware business, Microsoft on Monday unveiled a tablet computer called Surface that is intended to challenge Apple’s iPad ....

Microsoft said one version of the Surface tablet would come with 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes of storage and feature a type of chip called ARM that is commonly used in mobile devices. Mr. Sinfosky said the price would be comparable to that of other tablets that use ARM chips.

He said a professional version of the tablet would come with an Intel processor, which is standard in more conventional PCs, and would be similar in price to ultrabooks, thin laptops that often start at around $1,000.

Mr. Sinofsky said the ARM tablet would be available when the next version of Windows was released this fall, and the professional version would go on sale a few months later ....

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11 comments on "Microsoft Introduces a Challenger to the iPad"

  • zapionics<alt>
    June 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    From my POV it's not attractive. Windows on a tablet sounds like a lot of work to me. Noisy fans, and a keyboard? Yuck. Just my opinion...

  • fvbounty
    June 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    This is a very interesting Tablet and here's a mini review from Anandtech, sure sounds good from his report, can't wait for him to have a hands on review!

  • johnrr6
    June 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Microsoft jumping head first into hardware!


    I need to play with one before i pass judgement.....

    first impression is....keyboard......

    I don't think so.....looks......unuseable on your lap, in a car, on a train or Airplane

    ARM processor......hmmmmm
    Intel processor on the Pro version.....YES-----but it will cost you

    I just used my iPad 3 all week with iOS 6 and Siri and voice Dictation

    I used a keyboard.......sparingly LOL

    You have to admire Microsoft on this one.....Windows 8 and now Microsoft Tablets.....

    They are betting the FARM!

    Trouble one will buy them as no one is going to buy Windows 8----at least not in the volume they need to make it a success.

    They are too late to the fight and don't give a hoot about throwing a bone to existing customers with 17 years of the Windows Interface under their belts.

    I just smell epic fail here.......and now they have invested in the VERY tricky HARDWARE market.

    We NEED Microsoft----the country needs Microsoft......Competition needs Microsoft.......I'm frankly worried!

  • SpeedDMN
    June 24, 2012 at 7:18 am

    This seems to be the type of device that Win8 is best suited for. A full OS on a tablet would be nice. It was hard to tell from a video I watched how rigid the keyboard is. In other words, would you need a flat hard surface to use it? Also this better have some pretty impressive specs to compete with the IPad. Such as, very high res, high clocked multicore ARM's, good battery life etc. My initial thought is it is priced way too high. I would think for the same money just about, people are likely to just get an IPad for their tablet needs. Over $1k for the pro model? Very steep! I wouldn't be surprised if the price drops like a rock after being released a few weeks after sales are less than stellar.

  • fvbounty
    June 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    The Pro version is the one to get, I5 ivybridge, should be really fast, but how much battery life? This is has much a ultra notebook has a tablet, there are a lot of people who write reviews are more positive about this than I expected there would be, even on a Mac video podcast I watch ever week they all really liked the design especially the softcover keyboard, I5 cpu, full HD resolution (should be 1080P).....we"ll have to wait and see?

  • johnrr6
    June 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I love it that Microsoft is going "All In" for Windows 8

    Betting the farm----everything but the kitchen sink......hardware.....the WORKS!

    on the other hand......

    I hate it the Microsoft is going "All In" on Windows 8.

    Because without a soft easy transition---a "Classic" option to transition to Win 8

    It's going to be an epic disaster....

    Because.......not enough people or business will buy it......or the Surface......Unfortunately

    But I'll probably get one....LOL

    Because they look great......AND

    It's what I do......

    Heck----in 20 years it will be a collectors item I am afraid.....

    Microsoft's Last Stand.......

    But....what do I know!

    Gonna reload Win 8 onto a spare laptop and FORCE myself to learn it the best I can. Maybe i won't be so gloom and doomey about it after this second try----now that I kind of know what to expect......

  • johnrr6
    July 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The more I think about it....

    And the more I use Windows 8.

    I have come to the conclusion that I don't want Windows on a Tablet.....

    Windows is a PC inteface made for a mouse.

    I want a tablet interface on a tablet.....with finger control, swipes and gestures and Apps that will work well with a tablet under those conditions. I just can't imagine Microsoft Office working well on a tablet. Not without a major, MAJOR overhaul.

    Win 8 is so tablety like it's not even funny. doing this "one size fits all devices" Microsoft risks not being very good.....on anything.....and abandoning it's bread and butter established customer base.

    I keep trying to imagine Win 8 on some gorgeous tablet (Surface) and the bad news is that I just don't think it's a great tablet interface either.

    Time will tell and------I need to play with one....and again----what do I know....

    Have any of you guys found Windows 8 to be "better" than what we are using right now on a PC?

    Because for a PC's a step back.

  • zapionics<alt>
    July 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I can't get past the image of me sitting in front of it and trying to use a hokey keyboard and touch screen with office productivity apps like excel and word. I mean, what? How the heck will that work?
    And if I have to hook up a decent keyboard and mouse then what's the point? I mean, yeah, bring on more compact technology and form factors, I'm all for that, but don't kid me thats a tablet. A tablet is about mobility. Some apps won't be suited to that, except for simple tasks.

    Like you John, I am deeply pessimistic about Win 8, but I expect to be able to switch easily between "classic" and "fubar" UI's when I want. If they provide that option then at least I can continue using it on a workstation.

  • johnrr6
    August 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    OK-----for the VERY FIRST TIME.....

    I have seen something that gives me hope that Microsoft just may survive the disaster that Windows 8 will bring to the PC world....

    And strangely's an APP for iOS and Android...

    OnLive Desktop - Simple PC App Access from Anywhere

    Heck----this IS Win 7 and Office 2010 on an iPad with touch gestures and it WORKS!!!

    And the main features are totally free!

    If you live in a PC Centric world at work----but are catering more and more towards mobile.......yet there are times you REALLY miss the functionality of MS Office.....

    This App is for you!!!

    MS Office ----the REAL office-----on a Tablet!

    Now just go and watch MS or OnLive screw this up with that crazy Win 8 interface added to the OnLive desktop.......LOL

  • SpeedDMN
    August 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    You know I was running a search in the play store for On Live and I came across something scary! On Live cloud gaming.

    ."On Live cloud gaming is a revolutionary new concept in video games that instantly delivers the latest top tier high performance games on demand through the Internet to your android tablet or phone with the simplicity of streaming video"

    Like it or not cloud computing is the wave of the future. Dumb terminals here we come!

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