Today in LA Microsoft decided to hold a mysterious event to make an announcement. My guess was that it would be about hardware. They started the ‘show’ by talking about how Microsoft software is used on over 1 billion PCs, but then then Steve Ballmer moved tact to discuss Microsoft relationship with hardware.
In his conversation about hardware Steve B talk alot about Windows * was a reimagining of hw the consumer would use software for the next few years and then after pictures of the mouse, then keyboards, Xbox and Kinect – ‘Boom’ Steve B then picks up a tablet and states how Microsoft believe that Windows 8 needs it’s own hardware. Microsoft’s new tablet range is called ‘Surface’ – More than 1 tablet
Some of the specs for Surface I saw
Surface is thin at 9.3mm
Edges beveled at 22 degrees
liquid metal is formed into an ultra rigid and light frame. 1.5 lbs
It’s the first PC with a magnesium case
10.6 inch display
It has it’s own built in stand – nice touch
It has Gorilla Glass
It also has a detachable cover which is also a keyboard – It looks very very slick indeed
Digital Ink – can properly use pen input
The Intel Surface will can run Windows 8 Pro
has higher resolution and clear type font capability
The final tag line I read from the announcement….It was important that the Windows software could rise to the surface. NICE!
Head over to http://live.theverge.com/microsoft-live-blog-tablet-announcement/ to see more details.
Just to add a bit about pricing :-
Surface for Windows RT available in 32GB and 64GB — priced to competitive rates with ARM tablets.
Intel version will have higher storage capacities… also priced to compete