When did Microsoft last invent a forward-thinking and uniquely designed product that people want? Who knows, this ain’t the museum of computer science. What IS known is that Microsoft just dropped the 411 on the Surface, Microsoft’s version of the tablet and set to do battle with ultrabooks and iPads. This might just be the product to take the company into a new frontier.
This 10.6″ beauty comes in two versions: one running Windows RT and another running Windows 8. While Windows RT won’t run your traditional Windows software, it does measure a bit thinner than the Windows 8. If you feel the need to run Windows software on a tablet, go for the Windows 8 version. Both will offer either 32 or 64GB internal storage.
Two things immediately pop out of the new Microsoft Surface. You have the screen cover which features a full keyboard on the backside. Then there’s the built-in kickstand in the back for propping up the Surface to catch a video or whatnot.
Although no price was set, these are meant to compete with the iPad and ultrabooks with a price in a similar range. Definitely not in the Kindle type range. Though no release date has been announced, estimates are fall or end of the year.