Last month, Microsoft announced not one but two versions of its new Surface tablet:
- An ARM-based, Windows RT-reliant version to be released in October of this year
- An Intel Core i5-based, full Windows 8 version to be released in January of 2013
It appears that the Surface Pro may be a real game-changer vis a vis’ the Apple iPad. The Pro version will answer a lot of questions and concerns that CIOs have about Apple in the enterprise environment. This device has generated a lot of buzz in the corporate world and CIOs are (usually) more likely to give serious thought about the platform and its compatibility with the existing infrastructure than the consumer who decides to buy an iPad simply because it’s an Apple product.
There are Pros & Cons to any new device in a fluid market like this. The most compelling Con is that there is no Wireless option available (Yet). While it would be really great to use the Surface Pro for Internet connectivity anywhere, the user will be restricted to Wi-Fi hot spots. A second Con is that storage options are limited to 64 GB for the Windows RT version and 128 GB for the Surface Pro. Will this be enough space to hold all the software that will allow a user to be both productive and mobile?
The success of the Windows RT Surface tablet may well depend on the success of the Metro interface. Samsung is rumoured to have a 7-inch tablet in the works that will run Windows RT and other manufacturers appear ready to follow suit. Fujitsu is already offering tablets optimised for Windows 8. To judge the potential impact and success of the Surface tablets for yourself, take a look at the suggested articles below.
For Further Reading:
Microsoft Surface: this time it’s business – Tech Republic
All about Windows RT: the OS behind a Microsoft Tablet – Computer World
Surface a real game-changer – Tech Republic
Five Pros and Cons of the Microsoft Surface Tablet – IT Solution Journal