Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 16:53 UTC

While on stage, Microsoft Vice President of Surface Panos Panay explained how the teams have worked hard in making the next generation of Surface tablets cooler, lighter, quieter, more efficient and have longer lasting power reactors. The Surface Pro 2 was up first and is all about power, with new covers and better components to further improve the user experience. If you're after the premium Surface experience, this will be the correct choice.


The Surface 2 is lighter, has a faster CPU and now sports a 1080 display with ClearType. Powering Windows RT 8.1, the Surface 2 brings new exciting features to the table, without bumping the price above the competition.

Specification bumps all around, and thinner, lighter, and changes borne from customer feedback, such as the adjustable kickstand. I like the full HD display on the Surface 2 (the ARM version of Surface), and the Haswell improvements to power and battery life on the Surface Pro 2 are substantial.

Still, as a Surface RT owner, the hardware has never been the issue. My Surface RT is a very enjoyable piece of hardware to hold - well-built, sturdy, solid, and very well designed. Specification-wise, it packs more than enough power, too. Sadly, Surface was let down by software; Windows RT and the Metro interface are simply not of decent enough quality, and the applications for it are even worse - slow, jittery animations, crash-prone, rarely updated. All the hallmarks of side projects; things developers may work on when they're not working on Android or iOS applications.

Windows 8.1 seems to have fixed little of those issues (although Surface RT owners are still waiting for the final release), and with Microsoft's notoriously slow development pace, I hardly see that change any time soon.

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* Took 3-4 versions of Windows to get it right.
* Took 3-4 versions of Windows to get it right.

And the competition at that time for the first versions were?

You see, the scenery this time is a bit different, they are fighting two already entrenched and "admired" players with lots of money to invest on their products too with a similar potential to keep the fight going, i.e., they get lots of cash from other activities. It is also very different from "Word x Word Perfect" case and all that happened before.

* Took 3 versions of the CLR to get right.

And I am still unconvinced of it.

* Took 8-9 versions of SQL Server to be decent.

Granted, it is a decent product now but then again it is a different battle from what MS tablets are entitled to fight.

Again, I am not saying that they may not succeed, only that its is really different this time. Will be a great spectacle, nevertheless. I am already stocking popcorn. ;-)

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