Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 17:12 UTC
Windows Microsoft has announced the launch date of the Surface Pro, as well as widened availability of the Surface RT. The Surface Pro will launch in the US and Canada only, 9 February, for a starting price of $899. Surface RT's market availability, in the meantime, will expand to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, also 9 February. Considering I was planning on ordering one from Germany, they're just in time so I can order from The Netherlands.
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too little, too late
by evert on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 17:24 UTC
evert
Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks, but no thanks. I've lost interest.

I guess I'm not the only one. Why, Microsoft, why another Zune attempt?

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RE: too little, too late
by Drumhellar on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 20:40 UTC in reply to "too little, too late"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Because the Zune was fricking awesome?

The Zune was a great device. The only reason it flopped was because It Wasn't the iPod.

Android has proven that tablets that aren't iPads can sell, so Microsoft is going for it with a cool device.

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: too little, too late
by Nelson on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 22:19 UTC in reply to "RE: too little, too late"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I have to agree. My ZuneHD was one of the best devices I've ever owned. Period. That's including various Lumia's and a Surface. The ZuneHD to me is the perfect PMP.

Reply Score: 3

RE[3]: too little, too late
by shotsman on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: too little, too late"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Why didn't MS sell it in Europe and the rest of the world if it was so great and awesome then?

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: too little, too late
by Fergy on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 22:48 UTC in reply to "RE: too little, too late"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Because the Zune was fricking awesome?

The Zune was a great device. The only reason it flopped was because It Wasn't the iPod.

Android has proven that tablets that aren't iPads can sell, so Microsoft is going for it with a cool device.

I couldn't find any store that would sell it to me. The reason why it flopped is because Microsoft didn't believe in it. Same with silverlight, IE6, desktop gaming, voice recognition, NT etc. They didn't get the full support of MS and eventually declined in support to the point of barely existing. Pitty cause MS could be the IBM of the software world where almost anything is developed at MS and licenced. Right now MS only claims to invent stuff but just lies.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: too little, too late
by zima on Sun 27th Jan 2013 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: too little, too late"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

silverlight, IE6, desktop gaming, voice recognition, NT etc. They didn't get the full support of MS and eventually declined in support to the point of barely existing

??

The technology of Silverlight lives on. IE6 lived way too long. MS was never that big in desktop gaming. Voice recognition just doesn't work that well. NT - that is the basis of all current Windows releases...

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RE: too little, too late
by tomcat on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:13 UTC in reply to "too little, too late"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Thanks, but no thanks. I've lost interest.


Squirrel!

I guess I'm not the only one. Why, Microsoft, why another Zune attempt?


I love it how the people who complain the loudest about Zune ... have never even used a Zune. Zune was a far better device that the iPod. It just lacked the crapware lock-in reach of iTunes.

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: too little, too late
by Fergy on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 22:51 UTC in reply to "RE: too little, too late"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

"Thanks, but no thanks. I've lost interest.


Squirrel!

I guess I'm not the only one. Why, Microsoft, why another Zune attempt?


I love it how the people who complain the loudest about Zune ... have never even used a Zune. Zune was a far better device that the iPod. It just lacked the crapware lock-in reach of iTunes.
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That's nice when you are Sandisk or Cowon but when you are a billion dollar company we at least expect an ipod. And the ipod never beat Sandisk or Cowon when it came to functionality so why not the Zune?

Reply Score: 2

Can't wait to try one.
by ronaldst on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:12 UTC
ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

that doesn't have netbook class performance. This model should have been out first.

Reply Score: 2

No so sure anymore...
by fatjoe on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:33 UTC
fatjoe
Member since:
2010-01-12

899 for the cheapest model and that without the touchcover (which costs 129)?

While Surface Pro is cute as a cupcake, it is starting to look expensive now that ASUS, Acer and Samsungs tabs are out.

Reply Score: 2

RE: No so sure anymore...
by Nelson on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:09 UTC in reply to "No so sure anymore..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Their tablets (assuming Win8) use Intel Atoms. This uses a Core i5.

Using Clovertrail you can (as shown by Acer) get down to the $500 range.

Reply Score: 4

Doesn't make sense...
by snip3rm00n on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:42 UTC
snip3rm00n
Member since:
2011-06-08

Why get a Surface Pro tablet when you can get a Windows 8 laptop or tablet from an OEM for less with way better specs? It just doesn't make sense and isn't worth the price tag.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Doesn't make sense...
by Nelson on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:10 UTC in reply to "Doesn't make sense..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I always thought the Surface Pro was quite competitive for the Ultrabook class processor inside it.

I think they should have a lower end Intel tablet though, I'd buy one. I don't need the over the top performance.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Doesn't make sense...
by tomcat on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:11 UTC in reply to "Doesn't make sense..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Why get a Surface Pro tablet when you can get a Windows 8 laptop or tablet from an OEM for less with way better specs? It just doesn't make sense and isn't worth the price tag.


Way better specs? Seriously?!? This is a tablet running a Core i5 processor. I'd like to see a link to a machine with better specs...

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Doesn't make sense...
by bowkota on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Doesn't make sense..."
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

Way better specs? Seriously?!? This is a tablet running a Core i5 processor. I'd like to see a link to a machine with better specs...


Those "better specs" come at a cost: money, weight, battery life.

Reply Score: 3

RE[3]: Doesn't make sense...
by bnolsen on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 14:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Doesn't make sense..."
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

and you forgot heat as well.

Reply Score: 2

Too bad they didn't wait for clover tail.
by dsmogor on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:30 UTC
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

That would expand the battery live to ~ 8h.
Hope that Surface2 is in the works.
Still the Acer offerings look tempting.

Reply Score: 2