Microsoft Enters Tablet Market : Unveils Surface
At an event held on June 19 in Los Angeles, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the company’s entry into the tablet market with 10.6-inch tablet called Surface. It will take on Apple’s iPad and also the awaited Nexus from Google. Microsoft said that Surface is the hardware to Windows 8
There will be two models of Surface. One will run ARM processor that will support Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 on which only the Metro apps will work. The ARM version is 9.3mm thick and weighs 676 gram. Microsoft said that Surface with ARM processor will also run MS Office 15, aiming to woo the professional users who have stayed away from iPad because it lacks a full productivity suite. The tablet also supports USB 2.
The Surface with Intel processor will support all apps, including the legacy apps that people use on full computers. This version of Surface will also have a higher resolution screen, bigger battery, USB 3 ports instead of USB 2 and will run Windows 8 Professional. However, all the extra features and hardware come at the cost of design. The Surface with Intel processor will be 13.5 mm thick and will weigh 903 gram.
However, Microsoft had not announced the price of their tablets