Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th May 2014 17:48 UTC

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but Surface chief Panos Panay says it's designed to remove the conflict of buying a laptop or a tablet. The kickstand on the device is multi-stage, and the device is just 9.1mm thick. "This is the tablet than can replace your laptop," claims Panay. Microsoft has moved to a 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio and HD display, but the new tablet also has thin bezels with a silver and black design. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on the Surface Pro 3 tomorrow starting at $799.

It's an amazing piece of hardware, and Microsoft really deserves praise for the amount of power it has managed to pack in such a slim and light package, but the same could be said of the previous Surface Pro - and that one hasn't exactly taken the market by storm either. The problem, is software - something Microsoft was remarkably hush-hush about during the unveiling.

Something else Microsoft was hush-hush about: Windows RT and ARM. No new RT/ARM-based Surface device, and I have a feeling that particular experiment has met its end today.

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Surface RT / ARM needs to die
by laffer1 on Tue 20th May 2014 23:07 UTC
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Microsoft needs to kill the ARM tablets now. They haven't been widely adopted and there aren't enough applications to make them valuable compared to iOS or Android devices. Intel is working on battery life and the surface pro models are proof this can work.

There is no reason to go ARM for Microsoft. It just weakens their strength of allow legacy windows apps to work. It doesn't matter they're clunky. Using DOS apps in Windows is clunky too.

The other issue for Microsoft is that they don't have any x86 tablets in the $300-$400 range. OEMs like HP and Asus have some neat windows tablets in that price range that run "real" windows and have full support for many applications. I recently went shopping for a tablet and while I immediately dismissed Android based on app availability and my own prior apple ecosystem choices, I was very close to going with a Microsoft tablet because I could run iTunes on it. Having access to all my music in the cloud and videos was a big selling feature. Only Apple and Microsoft could deliver that. I ended up going with an Apple iPad because of LTE availability though.

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