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Before he boldly declared Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface tablet dead on arrival, mobile analyst Sascha Segan circulated a copy of his column to colleagues and dared anyone to dispute him.
Summary: Kin, Zune, and now Surface, Microsoft shows once more that as a hardware company it's a fine software business. - Ed Bott "enthusiastically recommends" the Windows RT Surface." I think it's already dead.
Summary: I've spent the last week using Microsoft's new Surface with Windows RT. It does some things remarkably well, but it's not a PC. Is it right for you?
Microsoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive and high-quality hardware, Microsoft certainly appears at first glance to have ticked the right boxes.
The ASUS Transformer line of tablets have consistently been among the strongest contenders in the Android tablet world, so when it was announced that they would be one of the launch partners for Microsoft's Windows-on-ARM push, big things were expected. And so we have the ASUS VivoTab RT.
While Microsoft's Surface gets the lion's share of the press, it's not the only tablet running the pared-down Windows RT operating system. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will be one of four Surface rivals going head-to-head with Microsoft's tablet this fall.
When I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store." I said something similar about the Transformer Pad, and about the PadFone. Asus's modular strategy works reasonably well with Android, but seems tailor-made to fit how Windows 8 works.
Summary: Looking to buy tablets to roll out to your business? Now that Windows RT is off and running, is that a better bet than the iPad...? - The floodgates are almost open - we can buy Surface tablets running Windows RT today, and very soon we'll be able to buy Windows RT tablets from the other vendors.
It's official: the Windows RT version of Microsoft's Surface tablet is priced way higher than its Android competitors, and more on par with the new iPad. Is it worth it? Early reactions say probably not.
Computerworld - Microsoft's pricing of its Surface RT tablet was called "aggressive" by some analysts today, "mystifying" by others, even as they all remained skeptical that it's low enough to make inroads on the dominant player, Apple's iPad.
The waiting game is over. Microsoft's Surface RT tablet makes the leap from hardware cipher to hardware reality. Today I can answer many of the questions the world has been asking since June 18, the day when Microsoft first announced Surface RT, the company's bid to become a full-fledged provocateur of hardware lust in this age of fetishized iPads, Fires and Nexus 7s.
Before you head online to pre-order Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT (Surface RT) device starting Tuesday at noon Eastern, you'll want to make sure this is the right device for you. Do you need to run traditional Windows programs? Would you rather have a device that has a heftier keyboard dock? Have you looked at the other Windows 8-powered devices headed your way? Buying a Windows RT slate is not going to be as simple as buying an iPad or Android tablet, so before you buy here's a look at five things to consider.
Well, file this in the don't believe anything you read on the Internet department. Contrary to relentless rumors that Microsoft Surface would start at $199, actual cost will be $300 more. Rather than price against tablets selling for $299 or less, Surface competes with iPad, while offering more storage for less cost. But iPad has the way upper hand on screen resolution, which is a compelling feature.
Surface tablet pricing will start at $499, Microsoft confirmed today. But is that low enough to entice reams of buyers? - Right off the bat, that price does have at least two things going for it. One, it comes with 32GB of storage not 16GB like the identically priced Apple iPad. Two, it comes with Microsoft Office -- for now that means Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. (The final Office version "will be installed via Windows Update when available," according to Microsoft.)