Microsoft Surface Tablets Are a True iPad Alternative for Enterprises
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Microsoft Surface tablet is everything eWEEK said these Windows devices would be, and a lot more: not just an iPad alternative, but a whole different kind of device that will make Apple scramble.Here at eWEEK, we knew it would happen. Microsoft was going to announce a new tablet June 18, and it would be something that Apple couldnt really compete against. But the Microsoft Surface is much more than just a tablet, and its much more than just another iPad clone. Microsoft, in what had to be the companys best-kept secret ever, created a game-changing tablet that doesnt so much compete with the other tablets out there, as it has become its own thing. The Surface, named after a 40-inch screen device designed to be a collaboration tool, is a tablet that runs either Windows 8 RT or Windows 8 Professional. The device is marginally thinner (by 0.1mm) than a New iPad, and marginally heavier (by 24 grams). The device will come with Microsoft Office and will support any software that Windows 8 supports. It will include USB, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and DisplayPort, and it will have a 2X MIMO antenna system for improved WiFi. The version running Windows 8 Professional will be slightly larger and heavier, and may not include Office as standard.
But perhaps most important, this device is precision-machined out of magnesium, and has Gorilla Glass 2.0 bonded to the surface. By the looks of itand thats all we have so farthis reminds one of the build quality of a fine watch. The engineering appears to be impressive indeed. While I could go on and on about the specs of this tablet, whats really more important is whether Microsoft can sell enough of them to make a difference.