Microsoft announces: "Surface" tablet 10.6" display, 9.3mm thin, USB on board

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    If it costs $300, it's a real competitor. If it is $500 or more, it's nothing. Waiting for price...
     
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    the keyboard support + office will make this a legitimate player for corporate world already
     
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    This, if the price isn't significantly below the iPad, it's going to fail. Not having a retina-like display is also going to hurt it if it's not priced below the iPad2.
     
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    Who cares about price. I just paid $600 for an iPad 3, you think $500 is going to bother me? Nope ! :D
     
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    Not that much. You'd be surprised at how many corporate people already use iPads. A real office suite might help, though. Not sure about that.
     
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    People want iPads. I'm not sure people want a Microsoft tablet that runs Windows 8. And they're not just competing against iPad, they're going to have to compete against Windows 8 laptops.
     
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    Give us a way to install OS X (or even Windows 7) and I'm there!
     
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    Looks like it's going to be more than the iPad. This is from the Microsoft Press Release(http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx):

     
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    On the other hand, microsoft does have a potentially huge weapon: office365. If microsoft gives away free office365 accounts, like iCloud, that would give their tablet a big boost.

    I don't think microsoft will do that, though, as they seem too concerned about protecting their current businesses, to the detriment of their future.
     
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    It's most likely going to be $500 or more - but it does a LOT more than your run-of-the-mill Android tablet. From this keynote - it looks like you'll be able to use standard Windows 8 apps on it - that alone is a very HUGE deal - ESPECIALLY in the business sector.

    I love my iPad - I won't get rid of it - but I can't say that MS's offering isn't damn near better than every other iPad competitor out there...

    IMO - these are actually two entirely different beasts - DisplayPort, TRUE USB, physical keyboard, e-ink technology - come on - nothing else out there even comes close.

    I'm not sure this thing is meant to even be an iPad competitor - just because the form factor appears similar, it doesn't mean we're dealing with two directly competing products...

    EDIT - just think about one piece of software - MS Office - in business, it's everywhere - and it looks like this thing will handle the EXACT SAME VERSION of MS Office as Windows 8 PC's - the value in that alone makes it better than every single Android offering...
     
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    I already own 2 iPad's, 2 Android tablets. I want a Windows 8 Tablet to complete the circle of fate, lol. :D
     
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    lol, why don't you have a playbook? You need to really complete it! :p

    Edit: or that HP webos tablet, too?
     
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    This is really interesting. This is the first tablet that feels like a competitor, for the iPad. I love the way they have done their keyboard cover.
    Also that it is microsoft from beginning to end, is very apple. I love the iPad but I am interested to try this.
     
  17. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I owned a TouchPad, lol. Sold it, made a little money, what a turkey. So is the Playbook, nothing interest me about the PB. :)
     
  18. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Unless they're redone the UI (I don't know), it's going to require a separate mouse (how else you do right-clicks, etc.?).
     
  19. TheKricket macrumors member

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    Everything is redone in Windows 8 to tend to touchscreens - that was announced long, long ago...

    EDIT - not to mention there's a friggin touchpad BUILT INTO the (physical) keyboard...
     
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    I might consider it if it's less expensive than the iPad when you include the cover.
     
  21. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Look at the pictures on the kickstand keyboard. There's a touchpad in front of the kybd. :cool:
     
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    It seems to me that this is the way Windows 8 will work the best. The keyboard looks great. Should allow it to work well in Metro and Desktop mode.
     
  23. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Interesting gamble.

    Users hate to learn new user interfaces/use models/etc.. They're risking users:

    • Not upgrading to Windows 8.
    • Moving to Apple.
     
  24. TheKricket macrumors member

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    When iOS came out - it was COMPLETELY new (attached to a brand new piece of hardware) - let's see how that works out for Apple...

    Oh, wait...
     
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    But it goes back to why iPad runs iOS and not Mac OS. The interface of Mac OS and its programs was not made with a 10" touch screen in mind. MS Office on a tablet sounds fantastic at first, but I can't imagine using a word processor with a desktop-oriented UI on a 10" touch screen. Even with the keyboard/touchpad attachment. I guess you could use a USB mouse, but then you have a tablet, a keyboard magnet attachment, and then a wireless dongle sticking out and a mouse on the table.

    At what point are people going to just use a cheaper Windows 8 laptop? Tablets have to be different from laptops.
     
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