Windows Tablet Computers

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has also launched 2 tablet computer offerings. They are Windows Surface with RT and Windows surface with windows 8 pro.

Windows Surface RT

This version of the tablet can be ordered directly from Microsoft. It can be ordered in three different versions. The $499 version comes without a keyboard and 32 GB of storage, $599 version that comes with a Keyboard and a $699 version that comes with a keyboard and with 64 GB of storage. You can also order different colored Keyboards.

This tablet also includes a version of Microsoft Office with a few restrictions; it can only legally be used as a student or a home user. If you are using it as part of a business, you will need to either have Office Live 365 of a copy of corporate Microsoft Office.

The display is not as nice as the current IPAD 3 with retina. It has a 920×1080 208 PPI screen, while the IPAD 3 has a 2048×1536 264 PPI.

I have ordered one of these to test it out and also to make available to clients who would like to see it and demo it.

Windows Surface With Windows 8 PRO

 

This is expected to be released within 3 months and will include the ability to run Windows applications. It can be a direct replacement for the Windows 8 desktop. It includes a higher resolution screen and also includes more memory.

Final Thoughts

It will be interesting to see how functional these tablets are and if than can be a viable desktop replacement. The IPAD is a great device for data viewing, but not data input. These devices from Microsoft might change that.