Microsoft Surface : Part 1
The products that Microsoft are going to put out somewhere this year or at the beginning of next year under the Surface brand could be said to be many a thing. The surface is a slate, a tablet, but also an ultrabook. It doesn't end here, the Surface is also a means to put out the new Windows 8 OS, as the product will run it exclusively.
There are a few neat ideas that the Microsoft Surface has created with this product line and they are the following :
All in one design : The product answers issues that were never tacked by its direct competitors, Apple with their line of IPads. Namely including a keyboard and stand into the product, with no need for other external accessories. And, while these may seem like small selling points, the execution is highly polished and well balanced within the product.
The exclusive OS : Microsoft is departing with Windows 8 from the open platform type of approach regarding programs, applications and generally content. Windows 8 follows the same route that Apple has taken, by allowing application only available from their online store. Therefore, the Surface will be aiding things departure by being exclusively run on Win 8, creating a self contained platform.
Productivity and entertainment in one : The Surface can be a standalone mobile PC, it can be a slate, whatever you need it to be. It comes with a build in foot rest and it also comes with a protective screen/keyboard that attaches to it. You can use it every way you require, it has got all the features built in. It remains to be seen how the new product line will catch up, but for now, it has been received positively by the mass media and by most technology and IT&C companies. The presentation that took place a while ago featured 2 distinct Surface products: one with Microsoft RT that runs on an ARM processor and another one called Surface Pro is running on an Intel Core I5 Ivy Bridge processor.
Here are the most notable differences in architecture :
OS Version: Windows 8 for Intel platforms (available for desktops as well)
Screen size: 10.6-inch HD Display 1920x1080.
Processor: Intel Core I5 "Ivy Bridge"
Approximate weight: 900 grams
Expansion Slots: micro SDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort
Hard disk space options : 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Surface for ARM (light version)
OS Version: Windows RT
Screen size: 10.6-inches
Processor: ARM on Nvidia Tegra platform
Weight: 676 g
Expansion Slots: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD
Hard disk space options: 32GB, 64GB
Microsoft Surface : Part 2