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

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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by kurkosdr on Wed 21st May 2014 12:15 UTC
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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.


Nobody is going to miss it. The only real advantage of WIndows on a tablet is compatibility with existing Windows Desktop software (whether this compensates for the advantages Android has over Windows on tablets, mainly apps, is up to the individual).

Windows RT made sense when the general assumption was that Intel processors will always be slower and more expensive than ARM, but now with the Venue 8 Pro being a generally good and affordable x86 tablet, Windows RT is useless.

Edited 2014-05-21 12:19 UTC

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