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

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.

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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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phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Surface RT --> Surface 2
Surface --> nothing
Surface Pro --> Surface 2 Pro

I predict a lot of people with the original Surface will be upgrading to the Surface 2 only to discover that none of their apps work, none of their x86 software works, and will be returning them en masse.

Dropping the "RT" from the name of the ARM version is just going to cause even more confusion in the MS tablet space.

They really should have named it the "Surface RT 2", and then the other version should be named "Surface Pro 2".

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

There is no "Surface". It was always Surface RT and Surface Pro.

Surface Pro updates to Surface Pro 2 and Surface RT updates to Surface 2.

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judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

The original named Microsoft Surface project and hyped enormously a few years ago is renamed Microsoft PixelSense though in their continuing trend towards hiding any former market failures (even though the tech-demos I have seen was fairly impressive for the time)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_PixelSense

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Hrm, could have sworn there were 3 versions of the original.

Either way, dropping RT from the name is just going to lead to confusion.

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aligatro Member since:
2010-01-28

Surface RT --> Surface 2
Surface --> nothing
Surface Pro --> Surface 2 Pro

I predict a lot of people with the original Surface will be upgrading to the Surface 2 only to discover that none of their apps work, none of their x86 software works, and will be returning them en masse.

Dropping the "RT" from the name of the ARM version is just going to cause even more confusion in the MS tablet space.

They really should have named it the "Surface RT 2", and then the other version should be named "Surface Pro 2".



Can someone explain why Microsoft didn't go the C# + .NET way? It seems like a perfect solution for ARM vs X86.

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tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Legacy software.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

They did. Apps in the store will run on both tablets and Windows 8 on the desktop.

But, while Windows RT has the desktop included, you can't install/run desktop apps. The included version of Office is the only desktop app allowed.

I don't know if the Surface Pro has access to the desktop or not, but it would be painful to use on a touch-only interface (no Type/Touch cover).

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