You can file this under, “well, why not…”. After the Surface Tablet was jailbroken (which word is Microsoft is good with, hmm Apple), someone wondered if you could, oh, run a Mac OS on it. Yep.
I have to be honest, I haven’t seen a Microsoft Surface Tablet “in the wild” yet. Granted I also haven’t been wandering the coffee shops and other places I might find one lately, but the times I have been out and about I’ve seen plenty of iPads (very few other tablets though). And short of the very sad looking Microsoft pop up store I saw over the holidays, the Surface Tablet hasn’t hit my tech radar—except online. Ian Betteridge of Macgasm has seen one in the wild and makes an few interesting points about why Microsoft made this push now. Ian is certainly onto something, I think.
The bigger sibling of Microsoft’s Surface RT, the Surface Pro, will be hitting the shelves in January starting at a price of $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version, Microsoft announced in a blog post today. The Surface had been showed to the press way back in June, with the RT version of the tablet going on sale just a month back.
Yesterday Steve Ballmer sat down with LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman to talk about Windows, technology, and the state of things. From the audio (and video) posted by TechCrunch, there were the typical Ballmer moments, but more interestingly Ballmer is trying to position Microsoft as a middle ground between the wild west of Android and the tight control of Apple. Maybe he’s onto something.
During a Reddit IAmA event in October, Microsoft engineer Steve Bathiche had claimed that Surface RT has a better display than iPad’s Retina display.
He explained that while screen resolution was one of component of the perceived detail, the true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. He claimed that during their tests, many people saw more details on Surface RT than on the iPad with more resolution.
Back in June, Microsoft took most of the tech world (especially its OEM partners) by surprise by unveiling its own tablets called Microsoft Surface with a 10.6-inch display to take on Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.
The Verge now reports that according to their sources Microsoft is also working on a 7-inch gaming tablet called Xbox Surface.
Microsoft started taking pre-orders for its Microsoft Surface RT tablets yesterday.
Surface RT is powered by NVDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, comes with 10.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 720p HD rear and front facing cameras in a “VaporMg” magnesium casing. The Windows RT (Microsoft’s ARM-friendly version of Windows 8) tablet, also offers a built-in kickstand.
Microsoft Surface RT Pricing Revealed: 32GB Surface RT For $499; 64GB For $699 With Touch Cover Keyboard
Back in June, Microsoft took most of the tech world by surprise by unveiling its own tablets called Microsoft Surface to take on Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.
Microsoft had announced that it will be offering two versions of their tablet, which will come with 10.6-inch multitouch display – the first one will be powered by an ARM processor and will run Windows 8 RT – the tablet version of Windows 8 and the second one is powered by an Intel Core processor and will run Windows 8 Pro – a desktop version of Windows 8.
Last week Microsoft unveiled its own tablets called Microsoft Surface running Windows 8, which will not only compete with Apple’s iPad and other Android-based tablets, but also Windows 8 based tablets from their OEM partners such as HP, Dell, ASUS etc.
If you were wondering what pushed Microsoft into making their own tablets and competing with their own OEM partners, The New York Times‘ Nick Wingfield provides some interesting background behind Microsoft’s decision.