• Microsoft announces 'Surface'
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[QUOTE]After days of speculation and [URL="http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3094918/xbox-surface-7-inch-tablet-rumor"]rumors[/URL], Microsoft's major announcement has just been unveiled at a press event in Los Angeles: a Surface tablet. [URL="http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/17/3092640/microsoft-barnes-noble-tablet-andy-lees-rumor"]We suspected[/URL] the company might be working on its own tablet, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the device on stage at the Milk Studios in Los Angeles today. Discussing Microsoft's history with Windows, Xbox, and Kinect, Ballmer introduced a video of the company's hardware products over the years before unveiling Windows 8's companion, a Microsoft Surface.Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky took to the stage to describe the hardware of Microsoft's Surface tablet. There will be two options for Microsoft's Surface PC, one powered by Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge chips running Windows 8 or a Surface powered by an ARM chipset and Windows RT. The Windows RT version is just 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs, includes a built-in kickstand and is the first PC with a vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case, according to Microsoft. It will ship in 32GB or 64GB versions. Microsoft's Intel-based Surface tablet will run Windows 8 Pro, with a thickness of 13.5mm, a weight of 1.9lb, and USB 3.0 support. This particular version will also include magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand, but will ship with either 64GB or 128GB storage. The Intel version will include additional digital ink support through a pen that magnetizes to the body of the tablet. Both of Microsoft's Surface tablets feature a 10.6-inch display, and optional [URL="http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3095396/microsoft-surface-cover-multitouch-keyboard"]Touch[/URL] and [URL="http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3095699/microsoft-type-cover-keyboard-surface-revealed"]Type covers[/URL]. Microsoft says suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.[/QUOTE] [URL]http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3094157/new-microsoft-surface-windows-tablet[/URL] [IMG]http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/publishingimages/new/gallery_4_large.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/publishingimages/new/gallery_3_large.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/publishingimages/new/gallery_2_large.jpg[/IMG] [video=youtube;dpzu3HM2CIo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpzu3HM2CIo[/video] [URL]http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx[/URL] [URL]http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/renderingassets/surfacespecsheet.pdf[/URL]
Doesn't look half bad. Bang a different OS on there and we're sorted.
A magnesium case? Hope it doesn't have an NVidia chip.
[QUOTE=TrannyAlert;36389987]Doesn't look half bad.Bang a different OS on there and we're sorted.[/QUOTE] No, it is designed for windows 8.
[QUOTE=TrannyAlert;36389987]Doesn't look half bad. Bang a different OS on there and we're sorted.[/QUOTE] This is exactly what Windows 8 was made for. Better this than [B]any[/B] other OS in existence. Can't wait to pick one up, this'll be the perfect complement to my desktop for university.
[QUOTE=TrannyAlert;36389987]Doesn't look half bad. Bang a different OS on there and we're sorted.[/QUOTE] It's like, people complain with Windows 8 because it's too tablet like and then they put it on a tablet and you say you want a different OS on a tablet. Make your god damn mind up
are they really sticking with that god-awful logo the old one would look so much better in that same spot the actual kit looks nice otherwise though
[QUOTE=Protocol7;36390034]are they really sticking with that god-awful logo the old one would look so much better in that same spot the actual kit looks nice otherwise though[/QUOTE] I really like the new logo. It looks fantastic on the device.
[QUOTE=Protocol7;36390034]are they really sticking with that god-awful logothe old one would look so much better in that same spotthe actual kit looks nice otherwise though[/QUOTE] I'm going to disagree with you sorry, I think that for the first time this is the only thing the new windows logo fits onto, I cannot see the traditional old Windows XP-7 flags being on this device, it'd look stupid but this.This works
[QUOTE=Scot;36390052]I really like the new logo. It looks fantastic on the device.[/QUOTE] I think the logos ok but it has a fatal flaw if they use it as a "home" button (It doesn't have a blood center and is uneven!!!)
Any relation to the cancelled NBC show from 2005?
I just noticed the stereo microphone on top of the tablet.
Kinda guessed this was the future when the asus transformer came out. I wonder if it types comfortably.
Sorry, I just don't like the look of Windows 8, tablet or not.
No price yet... ugh. Also, don't expect it until October, and 3 months after than for the Intel version.
I'm wondering if this'll go the path of the Zune and the Windows Phone though. Half-assed marketed, great device, barely any post-launch support. Zune is dead despite it being one of the best PMP's you can buy and it was made as direct competition with the iPod Touch when it came out, and almost nobody uses Windows phone. I love my zune, and windows phone looks cool, but I just hate how they've never had the balls to actually follow through on their mobile products at all - they've just given the impression that they make such products because they feel they have to. Great devices, but shitty apps/software/post-launch support for them. Windows phone has been a small step up, but IMO it isn't enough to really make an impact and make it so your device stays relevant for more than a year. At least the Surface appears to do some really cool new things, so who knows - maybe they won't actually abandon it or ignore all the things that make Android and Apple so successful in the mobile space.
That logo looks annoying on a flat surface. Otherwise looks sexy.
Don't forget people, USB support.
I want to like this, but they haven't announced pricing, availability or battery life(!). Me thinks Microsoft just wanted something to show since Apple just had WWDC and Google has Google IO coming up
wow this looks really great, probably won't buy it due to lack of funds but i'm glad to see microsoft still trying to push boundaries in the tech industry my only complaint is that whoever mastered/mixed down that advert's soundtrack should probably try again, the sound quality was terrible, the instruments were all over the place and the levels all cluttered eachother out
[quote]with a thickness of 13.5mm,[/quote] ...what is with society's obsession with electronics so thin the act of breathing on them makes you think they'll snap in half?! I know it's a tablet and all, so it's unreasonable to expect it to be as strong as a desktop or gaming laptop, but come on. The keyboard on that thing is too thin. It looks like trying to type on it is begging for it to break in half.
[QUOTE=KorJax;36390095]I'm wondering if this'll go the path of the Zune and the Windows Phone though. Half-assed marketed, great device, barely any post-launch support. Zune is dead despite it being one of the best PMP's you can buy and it was made as direct competition with the iPod Touch when it came out, and almost nobody uses Windows phone. I love my zune, and windows phone looks cool, but I just hate how they've never had the balls to actually follow through on their mobile products at all - they've just given the impression that they make such products because they feel they have to. Great devices, but shitty apps/software/post-launch support for them. Windows phone has been a small step up, but IMO it isn't enough to really make an impact and make it so your device stays relevant for more than a year. At least the Surface appears to do some really cool new things, so who knows - maybe they won't actually abandon it or ignore all the things that make Android and Apple so successful in the mobile space.[/QUOTE] Zune had so much potential, I love mine to death. It will be a sad day when it dies, plus they're built like a brick house. I fell on my zune HD at 30mph and the screen is perfectly fine, and it still works.
Eeennnnghhh, I don't like it when they market tablets with those silly keyboard things, just make a goddam laptop if you're going to bundle a keyboard with it. It looks good.
[QUOTE=KorJax;36390095]I'm wondering if this'll go the path of the Zune and the Windows Phone though. Half-assed marketed, great device, barely any post-launch support. Zune is dead despite it being one of the best PMP's you can buy and it was made as direct competition with the iPod Touch when it came out, and almost nobody uses Windows phone. I love my zune, and windows phone looks cool, but I just hate how they've never had the balls to actually follow through on their mobile products at all - they've just given the impression that they make such products because they feel they have to. Great devices, but shitty apps/software/post-launch support for them. Windows phone has been a small step up, but IMO it isn't enough to really make an impact and make it so your device stays relevant for more than a year. At least the Surface appears to do some really cool new things, so who knows - maybe they won't actually abandon it or ignore all the things that make Android and Apple so successful in the mobile space.[/QUOTE] This is Windows 8 we're talking about here. it's a make or break for Microsoft.
[QUOTE=flagdog;36390273]This is Windows 8 we're talking about here. it's a make or break for Microsoft.[/QUOTE] Where did you get that idea from
[QUOTE=TestECull;36390195]...what is with society's obsession with electronics so thin the act of breathing on them makes you think they'll snap in half?! I know it's a tablet and all, so it's unreasonable to expect it to be as strong as a desktop or gaming laptop, but come on. The keyboard on that thing is too thing. It looks like trying to type on it is begging for it to break in half.[/QUOTE] thinness implies lightness you see a thick computer and you automatically go "that's heavy" and you then buy something else without ever touching the thick device
Did they really have to make it so thin? I mean, it looks snazzy and whatever, but wouldn't it be extremely fragile?
[QUOTE=latin_geek;36390240]Eeennnnghhh, I don't like it when they market tablets with those silly keyboard things, just make a goddam laptop if you're going to bundle a keyboard with it. It looks good.[/QUOTE] half the point of it is that the keyboard isn't just a "silly keyboard thing," it is superior to typing on the screen as well as a regular keyboard.
I love the looks of this. As somebody said earlier though, I hope this doesn't go the way of Zune. I loved my Zune and I'd love to get something like this in a few years after my laptop dies. Annoyed by the comments on people like facebook saying they're just going to get it to install Arch/Linux on it. This was the whole point of Metro, and honestly I think it's fantastic Windows is going more lightweight and allowing things like this.
[QUOTE=Takkun10;36390197]Zune had so much potential, I love mine to death. It will be a sad day when it dies, plus they're built like a brick house. I fell on my zune HD at 30mph and the screen is perfectly fine, and it still works.[/QUOTE] Do you know why newer electronics break so easily? They want you to buy more.
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