Just over a month since Microsoft Surface with Windows RT (or Surface RT) hit the market--the company just announced Surface with Windows 8 Pro pricing, and that Surface Pro would be available in January 2013.
On Thursday, November 29, Panos Panay, gm of Microsoft Surface, shared detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro pricing stating, "In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899."
Both the versions as given under will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately).
- 64GB standalone version at $899
- 128GB standalone version at $999
"Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand," he said.
Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run your current Windows 7 desktop applications - it's a full PC AND a tablet.
Surface Pro will come with Intel's next generation Core i5 processor with 10.6-inch 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920x1080 full HD resolution. Other features include: a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort to power up an external display up to 2560X1440 of resolution, Pen input.
It measures less than two pounds and is less than 14 millimeters thick.
"Pen input (or Palm Block) will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed," Panay said.
For more details on Surface with Windows 8 Pro and Surface with Windows RT, check out Surface.com.
Also, according to some latest reports, Microsoft is palnning to release a 14.6-inch Surface tablet dubbed Surface Book.
What's more, Surface Book could feature an Intel "Haswell" chip, so it's very likely to run Windows 8 Pro and legacy Windows applications, just like the Surface Pro.
To set the record right, the company has added an official disclaimer on the Surface website, stating, "Surface comes with great software to help you do more. This software uses significant storage. Get important storage details."
Surface RT comes in two different storage versions, with 32 GB and 64 GB, respectively, but due to the pre-installed software, much less space is actually available to users. A user recently filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, asking for a refund and requesting the company to change its marketing strategy.
According to Surface RT storage FAQ, the 32 GB version of the tablet offers only 16 GB of free space, and the 64 GB model, offers 45 GB of available storage. "If you do run out of space on your Surface, there are several easy ways to expand your storage. Surface comes pre-loaded with the SkyDrive app allowing you to store up to 7 GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that can be used to store up to 64 GB of additional content to your device," Microsoft explains.
While on Windows 8, the Redmond based 'devices and services" company has aired four new television advertisements showing off Windows 8 and its new features.
One of the videos brags about having the ability to work hard and play hard at the same time. Another video shows you how you can personalize Windows 8.
Update: Wodering about the two version of IE in Windows 8-read on;
Internet Explorer 10 on Start screen is optimized for a touchscreen experence. The enhanced security and reliability model means that it doesn't support plug-ins, although some popular Flash web sites have been whitelisted to work with this version of Internet Explorer. It's a beautiful, full-screen browser experience with lots of new features and excellent support for Web standards. You can read a lot more about the features of this browser over at http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/.
Internet Explorer for the desktop has the look and feel borrowed from its previous versions and supports tabbed browsing and plug-ins (like Flash and Silverlight).
Both browsers offer unique benefits. The best part is that you can switch back and forth based on what you are doing. "If you have a touch screen monitor and you are surfing the web from the sofa, you'll likely want to use Internet Explorer 10 to get the full-screen, touch-optimized browsing experience. If you are writing code or planning your wedding, and need to have several windows open alongside web pages, Excel, and Visual Studio, then Internet Explorer for the Desktop provides a great experience for this type of surfing or work," Microsoft explains.