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Microsoft announces iPad challenger - "Surface"
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Microsoft has announced a thin tablet made out of "ultra rigid" magnesium alloy with Windows 8 & gesture recognition. Will come with built-in stand & attachable keyboard.

This will be interesting....

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RE: Microsoft announces iPad challenger - "Surface"

Looks very nice! 

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx

 

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More details:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/live-blog-microsoft-la/

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RE: Microsoft announces iPad challenger - "Surface"

Looks great. I just hope the Intel version is not too pricey. Tablet plus keyboard (great idea having a cover with super thin KB imo) plus serious OS (ie not a phone OS, with proper side by side multitasking, user accounts)...perfect.

 

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RE: Microsoft announces iPad challenger - "Surface"

Could be very interesting for those of us too dyed in the wool to move away from the grip of Mr gates' empire.

Cue plenty of jokes about 'scratching the' and 'under the' and maybe a few submarine-related quips.  Smile

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Surface tension = waiting to see if Microsoft sets a decent price for its tablet

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RE: Microsoft announces iPad challenger - "Surface"

Looks like the "RT" version will compete against the iPad & be priced similarly (32GB, not 16GB) - around $499, while the "Pro" version will cost around $699-799. You're right, the pricing is very important if it has to succeed. I suspect Microsoft's approach of "unified OS" across all platforms may just pay off.

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No official confirmation on the pricing yet, but more details in our news story. Clickety

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I sincerely hope Microsoft gets it right this time around. Too much dominance of one product isn't good for consumers.

Come to think of it, why is iPad allowed to ship with safari browser & itunes as default, while Microsoft was ordered by the court to remove Internet Explorer & Windows Media Player as default products with Windows?

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I see your point.  With Microsoft, it wasn't that it was the default, it was that explorer and wmp was a non removable part of the os that was so naughty. Obviously that is the same with ios.  

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bigboss wrote:

I sincerely hope Microsoft gets it right this time around. Too much dominance of one product isn't good for consumers.

Come to think of it, why is iPad allowed to ship with safari browser & itunes as default, while Microsoft was ordered by the court to remove Internet Explorer & Windows Media Player as default products with Windows?

Because only Apple make them.

Microsoft never made any PCs AFAIK.

 

But I agree in principle. Same goes for Sony (PS3)

They should all be ordered to open up IMO.

 

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