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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RE: apples & oranges
by unclefester on Wed 21st May 2014 10:26 UTC in reply to "apples & oranges"
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.. .Just guessed the HP laptop does not feature
* a FullHD IPS display
* 256GB SSD

Of course not because 99% of users don't need those specifications.

I once had the chance to install and test
* Eclipse
* Topcased/Polarsys
* Visual Studio
* Sparx EA
on a Surface Pro 2. These applications are more demanding than a powerpoint presentation or a web browser. Both the Java as well as the C# project were 1000+ classes each. The UML model was also 100+ diagrams. All 4 test cases worked well on that Surface Pro 2.

The vast majority of users don't need the power.

A Surface Pro is more than a web tablet.

The reality is that all is what the majority of purchasers will use it for.

Most people buy things to impress other people not to perform the task at hand.

At a rough guess I'd say 90% of ultrabook users probably don't need anything more than a Chromebook.

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RE[2]: apples & oranges
by pica on Wed 21st May 2014 15:21 in reply to "RE: apples & oranges"
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if there always have been solely the vast majority, no computers would exist.


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RE[3]: apples & oranges
by unclefester on Wed 21st May 2014 23:54 in reply to "RE[2]: apples & oranges"
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if there always have been solely the vast majority, no computers would exist.


Computers were extremely rare until personal computers became available in the 1980s. Before then computers were only used by large corporations, universities and governments.

The vast majority of home users bought Commodores, Tandy's etc for many years. The majority didn't use expensive IBM compatible PCs at home until prices dropped substantially in the late 90s.

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