Microsoft Surface RT tablets available on Windows 8 launch

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 30, 2012
Hardware, Microsoft, Windows 8

If I had to pick one thing that I'm fully excited about in regards to Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8, it is the prospect of trying out and buying a Surface tablet that Microsoft announced a month ago. Without rehashing what has already been said, the Surface tablet family comes in two major shapes. First with ARM processors and Windows RT, and then with Intel processors and a full version of Windows 8.

I'm not really interested in a Surface RT device as I can't use it to run legacy Windows applications on it, other than those - like Microsoft Office - that Microsoft is making available as specialized versions. And since I do not want to use a computer without the software that I'm using on my desktop PC, I have made the decision to evaluate the Surface Pro tablet to see if it ticks all the right boxes.

The operating system is not the only difference between those two device families. Surface RT devices come with 32 or 64 Gigabyte of storage, while Surface Pro devices with 64 or 128 Gigabytes of flash storage.

All devices ship with the option to attach two different physical keyboards to them to make writing tasks more comfortable. That, its size and weight, and the fact that it provides me with a touch-enabled device that I can test Windows 8 on is what got me interested in first place.

According to Paul Thurrott, I may have to wait until the beginning of 2013 before I can get my hands on a Surface Pro device.  He discovered that Microsoft revealed the launch date of its Surface devices in "a filing with the US Security and Exchange Commission" (which he failed to link).

The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.

Microsoft will make Surface RT tablets available when Windows 8 launches. The company previously indicated that Surface Pro devices would become available at least 90 days after the launch of Windows RT, and 90 days after October 26 means at the end of January 2013 at the earliest.

This is disappointing news for Windows users who may have planned to get hold of a Surface Pro device by Christmas 2012.

Microsoft has yet to reveal the retail price for all Surface tablets, which, among other things, can make or break the tablet.

What's your take on Microsoft Surface? Are you interested in one? If yes, what interests you the most? If not, why not?


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