Surface Pro release date fixed for Feb 9 as Microsoft eyes Dell

Surface Pro release date has finally been fixed for Feb 9 as Redmond based software giant Microsoft eyes Dell. There are reports that the company wants the leading PC maker to take its future hardware dreams forward

After a rather bad experience, software major is betting big on its forthcoming product. Microsoft, the company which revolutionized Personal Computing is placing its next big bet in the market in the form of Windows Surface Pro tablet, which is expected to be launched on February 9. The product has been highly anticipated by users and analysts alike.

Windows Surface Pro is an upgrade version of Windows Surface RT tablet the company launched in October last year. The tablet is the first device capable of personal computing to be built by Microsoft itself. The Microsoft tablet was welcomed with a lukewarm response and the company’s foray into the hardware market couldn’t match the expectations.

The official date for the sales to begin is February 9 2013; when customers will be able to buy the device from both the brick-and-mortar stores as well as e-commerce websites. The release, as of now, is limited to the United States and Canada markets with other countries following in the next few months.

Microsoft has said that Surface with Windows 8 Pro will have two models where the basic model includes 64 GB of flash storage for $899 and the 128 GB variant priced at $999. Accessories like Touch Covers and Type Cover are available at an extra cost. Buyers of Surface with Windows 8 Pro will also need to buy Microsoft Office 2013, which doesn’t comes pre-installed unlike Surface with Windows RT which has a toned down version of the Office Suite preinstalled on to the device.

The concern of customers in Surface with Windows RT was the tablet’s inability to support default Windows 8 software and needed specialized apps for the RT version. This issue is addressed in Surface with Windows 8 Pro which supports native Windows 8 desktop software. The tablet will also be supporting all the existing Windows 7 applications.

Microsoft has planned the Surface series of tablets to pack in a handy device the same conventionality of its operating system. Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro will allow users to have the same experience of its desktop operating system on its tablets. Apple on the other hand maintains different operating systems for its computers and mobile devices.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will have interesting add-ons like clever covers named ‘Touch Covers’ which will serve the double purpose of acting as a cover as well as a fold-out keyboard with full qwerty keyboard layout, which will allow it to be used like any other laptop. It will also include a stylus pen which can be used to draw or take notes.

According to Microsoft Surface General Manager Panos Panay, Surface with Windows 8 Pro is a “powerful, work-ready device that is just at home in the boardroom as it is the family room.

On Hardware front, Surface with Windows 8 Pro has clearly evolved from the previous version, Surface with Windows RT as it sports a beefier AC power supply, a USB 3.0 port (Surface with Windows RT has a USB 2.0 port). The device has full HD display and offers a resolution of 1920×1080 with a mini DisplayPort output which can be used to project the image to a larger external monitor at up to 2560×1440.

Initial reviews and analysis have claimed the device, running on Intel Core i5 processor, to be fast and responsive.

Microsoft intends to create a genre of tablet device to act as a bridge between tablets and desktops or laptops for that matter. The higher level of compatibility with desktop software and a similar experience on the interface of the product will push customers to choose the device over others by offering a tried and tested software to provide an ease of use to customers. Microsoft will just be  hoping to climb the Surface of the tablet war.


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