Microsoft Surface pricing announced


Microsoft Surface, the Redmond produced tablet – built from awesomeness and secrecy – is pretty much here. Microsoft have announced pricing and pre-order availability!!!

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So what are the scores on the doors?

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How does this stack up to the iPad3?

32GB iPad = £479

64GB iPad = £559

So the Surface matches up exactly against the best seller from Cupertino, which I must say I find a little surprising – I thought it would come in under those prices…but I can see Microsoft not wanting to under-value the great hardware and efforts that are on offer here.

Features

  • Integrated Touchstand
  • 32GB or 64GB
  • WiFi and Bluetooth 4 – no cellular/3g
  • 8 hours “mixed activity” battery life
  • 2 x 720p HD cameras, 1 x front & 1 x rear facing
  • USB 2.0
  • Micro SDXC slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 10.6” Screen

Head over to the Microsoft Store at:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/productID.257929400?WT.mc_id=FY13WinHH

and check out the specs, the accessories and get one on pre-order!

I am REALLY excited about this product release, both from a personal “zOMG, I want one” but also from an industry/technology perspective – this is an exciting time for everyone (except perhaps Apple!).

Microsoft Surface Tablet


Well, Monday’s hyped up yet super secret announcement has been made…and it’s brilliant! Microsoft are introducing their own Microsoft branded tablets – “The Surface”, and they look stunning:

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Just look at it. Glossy bezel, rounded corners, integrated kickstand AND A COVER THAT IS A KEYBOARD! I really can’t get over that, it’s such an ingenious innovation and a great unique selling point…not only that but it’s just 3mm thick.

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Down to details – there are 2 versions of the Surface tablets:

OS Windows RT Windows 8 Pro
Weight 676g 903g
Thickness 9.3mm 13.5mm
Screen 1.06” Cleartype HD 10.6” Cleartype Full HD
Battery 31.5 W-h 42 W-h
Connections microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2xMIMO Antennae microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2xMIMO Antennae
Productivity Office 15, Touch Cover, Type Cover Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen w/ Palm Block
Practical VaporMg Case & Stand VaporMg Case & Stand
Hard Drive 32GB, 64GB 64GB, 128GB

For now that’s all we’ve got in the way of confirmed features – but it’s a good start in my opinion…definitely enough to let me know that I want one. The 2 missing features that I’m most interested in are CPU & RAM – the latter especially as the iPad’s 768MB lets it down quite a lot.

I’m taking it that the keyboard cover comes with the tablet as standard rather than being an optional accessory – I hope that’s right!

Nothing too much has been said about the pricing other than the Pro version will be “priced similarly to a comparable ultrabook” which I’d say puts it between £700 & £1000…and also suggests it will be rolling with Core i5 processors and 4GB+ of RAM. If that’s right it will be a portable beast Smile

The interest & buzz has been really great to see too. I saw people on Twitter who usually only tweet about MUFC talking about the Surface and saying how cool it looked and I’d fielded 2 customer enquiries by 09:20 at work this morning – love it!

MS Surface available in EMEA


Something that is pretty cool is that the MS Surface is now available in 12 more countries including the UK, France, Germany, Ireland and more.

The Surface is an amazing bit of kit and as some of the videos on the Surface site show, it’s got real business applications as well as that “WOW” factor.

I’m extra excited that Bechtle are now a UK reseller for the Surface and I’m in the process of arranging a customer demo-so fingers crossed I’ll get to play with the Surface hands-on! If I’m able I’ll film what I can and post it up on the blog :-)

Microsoft Surface: Really Cool Demo


I think we can all agree that the Microsoft Surface is really freaking cool so I don’t need to say too much really.

The video below is an excellent example of how realistic the physics are on the device and shows just how cool, and useful, it is/can be:

Hat tip to Steve Clayton & Marc Holmes for this.

Microsoft Research Projects


Microsoft Research Labs have brought us some great things over the years-the 2 big ones at the minute being the Microsoft Surface table and also the Roundtable Video Conferencing Device, but that isn’t all. NetworkWorld have got an article on “10 Microsoft Research Projects” but I’m just going to take a look at the one that really interests me:

Code Name Pictionaire:

I hadn’t seen anything about this one before but it looks pretty cool, like a cousin of the Surface more than anything. You can type directly onto it via standard keyboard, write on it via an interactive whiteboard, manipulate images using multi-touch, play videos and more. You could have, for example, 16 people all armed with keyboards sitting around it collaborating on an article, thesis, new song or whatever you can imagine really.