After more than a three decade long reign as the largest software giant, Microsoft Corp. is all set to take a big bite off the pie of mobile computing. With the unveiling of its much-awaited tablet named “Microsoft Surface”, the company is all set to give a stringent competition to its arch rivals Apple Inc. and Google Inc. According to the Microsoft support team, Surface, apart from being an iPad competitor, is also sure to give the ultrabooks a run for its money.
Microsoft Surface- the next phase of tablet PC
According to sources in Microsoft, this all new sophisticated tablet, Surface, will be made available in two versions. Both will have a screen size of 10.6 inches diagonally which will be a little larger than the iPad. One model of the Surface will be powered by phone-style chips and will be priced at a similar rate. Now, about the other model, it will be heavier and will be powered by Intel chips. Most of the standard Windows applications will be made available on this model. However, it’s assumed that it will come with a bigger price tag. It also comes with a fold-out kickstand and a magnetic cover that doubles as a keyboard.
Microsoft strongly believes that its tablet will be most favored rather than the
other Windows tablet attributed to the fact that both the software and hardware sections of this stately designed masterpiece are handled by the tech giant itself. That is, if something’s wrong with Surface, buyers can directly contact the Microsoft support team. To top it off, Microsoft Surface will be the first tablet in the market, powered by Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, which is slated for release later this year. However, there are reports that suggest that Microsoft Corp. has decided to sell these tablets only from their own stores and website. In the long run, this move would definitely give an upper edge to the other prominent tablet makers to sell their Windows tablets through popular stores like Best Buy and other leading stores.
Microsoft’s long term personal computer partners were however kept in the dark about the Surface’s launch. Most of them only knew about this development only on the day it was actually released. But, according to knowledgeable sources, partners of Microsoft, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Acer, who hold the major shares of PCs manufactured world-wide were unavailable for any comments on this regard.
Anyway, expectations are really high about Microsoft’s Surface. Let’s hope that the tech-giant delivers a satisfying PC experience through its gadgets as well.