Microsoft surprised many consumers and experts last year with the release of their new tablet, the Surface. This is because the Surface is the first personal computer actually made by Microsoft, and most were not expecting the company to delve into making any hardware.
The first Surface has a OS called Windows RT. The problem with this OS is that it does not allow for any of the apps, data or other information to be transferred to and from the Surface and another computer running previous versions of Windows. Customers who were discouraged by this were reassured to wait, as the next Surface would have an OS that would be backwards compatible with previous windows. This seems to be coming to pass, as Microsoft has announced that the Surface Windows 8 Pro will be hitting stores and websites on February 9.
Windows 8 comes with all the basic Microsoft programs that can run as apps. These include Word, Power Point and Excel. However, other than these and a few other downloadable Microsoft apps, the Surface does not offer much in versatility. In fact, its ability to download third party apps is downright bad. What Microsoft is going for is a more of jack of all trades device. The Surface is a tablet, yes, but it is also a laptop.
Called “touch covers” these smart covers close over the screen, protecting it, but also have a reactive and smooth keyboard on the inside. The device can be linked and propped up very easily with the touch cover, as well. They are being sold for $130.00. Mouses are also available for $70.00.
The Surface Windows 8 Pro will reportedly be sold for $899.00. This is compared to the Surface RT, which is selling for $499.00. The versatility and adaptability of the Windows 8 Pro is what, Microsoft says, makes up for the price difference.