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Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad 521

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Microsoft has finally revealed the pricing of its upcoming Surface tablet to a small group of journalists, including Time's Harry McCracken, who wrote in an Oct. 16 posting that the device's 32GB version will retail for $499 (or $599 with the flexible keyboard cover) and the 64GB one for $699 (cover included). Preorders will apparently begin by midday Oct. 16. Microsoft unveiled Surface over the summer but kept the pricing a secret until now. That information vacuum led some to hope against hope that Microsoft would attempt something radical and price Surface extraordinarily low—$199, perhaps—in an attempt to undercut Apple's iPad. While that didn't happen, Surface at least matches its biggest rival's low- and high-end price points. The WiFi-only, 16GB version of the iPad retails for $499, while the WiFi-only, 64GB version costs $699 (iPads with a cellular connection cost a bit more)." A related article at BGR explains why the Surface is Microsoft's latest attempt to re-invent itself.
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Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad

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  • Re:Awesome! (Score:5, Informative)

    by FreakyGeeky (23009) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @01:57PM (#41671567)
    Using your eyes, look at the surface keyboard. Notice how thin it is. How much travel could there possibly be?
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @01:58PM (#41671577) Journal

    They definitely will love the groundbreaking "no, you cannot bind it to a domain or control it with AD policies, not even with the purchase of some CAL or extra license" feature...

  • Re:FAIL ! (Score:2, Informative)

    by rtfa-troll (1340807) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @02:04PM (#41671683)

    Who would be dumb enough to pay the same price as a 3rd generation device to guinea pig a 1st gen device from a company that is known to suck at first releases?

    The same people as bought Windows phones. Which is to say Microsoft Employees and associates. Unlike almost every other company which will deliver your device to you, they even force their employees to go out and buy through normal retail channels to make it look as if there's a rush of people who are interested in the product.

  • Re:FAIL ! (Score:2, Informative)

    by wjousts (1529427) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @02:35PM (#41672159)

    the MS tablets have some advantages over the iPad3.

    One of which is a USB port!

  • by JDG1980 (2438906) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @02:41PM (#41672233)

    I will probably buy one of these. They run Windows. They have a USB port. They will run a piece of software I want to run that will not run on IOS or Android, although it also has a version for OS-X.

    No, they won't!

    Windows RT is *not* Windows. It's a new operating system for ARM processors that is designed to look and feel like Windows, and shares some of the original code base. It has no backwards compatibility with existing Windows applications. Just in case I didn't make that clear, it will *NOT* run *ANY* existing desktop Windows applications. In fact, you can't even recompile or write new desktop application for WinRT. There is a desktop, but it's only allowed to run a few programs, such as Microsoft Office. (Why the FTC is letting them get away with that blatantly anti-competitive decision is beyond me.) Oh, and WinRT can't join domains either, so businesses won't be interested in using it.

    If you want to run existing Windows software, you'll have to wait for the x86-based Surface *Pro*, which will set you back nearly a thousand bucks. *That* will indeed be basically a PC in a tablet form factor, and compatible with the usual Windows ecosystem stuff.

    Microsoft is setting itself up for a massive backlash with this device. If Slashdot readers are thinking this way ("it's Windows, it will run my software") then how many ordinary users will make the same mistake? They will not be well disposed towards Microsoft products after that experience, I guarantee you.

  • by hazydave (96747) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @03:17PM (#41672699)

    This is the Windows RT device. It's for consumers. No Domains. Not for Enterprise.

  • by NatasRevol (731260) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @04:27PM (#41673487) Journal

    SurfaceRT has things that your company won't like.

    1. No AD.
    2. No GPOs.
    3. No backwards compatibility.
    4. Limited email functionality.
    http://techpinions.com/windows-8-tablets-and-email-a-disaster-in-the-making/10360 [techpinions.com]
    5. Slightly limited Office functionality. (Scroll down a ways, they buried it)
    http://blogs.office.com/b/office-next/archive/2012/09/13/building-office-for-windows-rt.aspx [office.com]

  • Dahamma did you click on his UID? I thought the same thing but spending a little more time and reading the posts...he's too "on message" for that. Fanbois will defend their positions but they do so with emotion, not by hammering a bullet point like this guy is, he just keeps yammering about the enterprise, while obviously knowing fuck all about the enterprise or he'd know the iPad is the hip toy for the PHBs, that it...well it smells like he's reading from a script. And considering how much cash MSFT is investing into this launch and how sites like /. hammered Vista before launch? I'd say erring on the side of caution would be wise.

    Seriously dude, click his UID and read. He hammers MeeGo, Apple, Android, and its on and on about Lumia (which has already failed once which he refuses to acknowledge) and Surface, I mean there is ZERO variation, not a single post that isn't on message for Nokia or MSFT. Hell he even sings the praises of Windows on ARM which i have yet to find a real person that thinks calling an OS that won't run Windows x86 Windows is a great idea, but he thinks its perfect.....yeah something does stink here.

  • No, it doesn't (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheNinjaroach (878876) on Tuesday October 16, 2012 @05:26PM (#41674267)

    and 2.5 it lets you use your old applications

    You absolutely cannot use your old applications on the Windows RT ARM-based device.

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