Microsoft Surface tablet might change the landscape of computing


Microsoft had always been synonymous with the world of software, what with their Windows operating system being the hallmark achievement of the company. However, software is not the only thing that they produce, but also hardware – remember the original 2-button mouse from Microsoft that looked just like a brick? How about back in 2001, when they introduced the world to their own console, the Xbox, which proved to be quite the hit – arriving in its current generation as the Xbox 360?

Well, fast forward to the current day, and you know for sure that the world has changed. Computing is no longer relegated to just being tethered to your desk as a cubicle servant ala Dilbert, as there is also the widespread availability of smartphones and tablet devices. Microsoft sees the future in tablets – but do not want to ditch their desktop roots, which is why they have ended up with the Microsoft Surface tablet which will come in two flavors – one that caters to the general masses, while the other is a Pro version.

Surface was specially designed to be able to make that seamless transition between consumption and creation, without running into a compromise. It is said to be able to offer the power of amazing software with Windows, while introducing the feel of premium hardware in a single, exciting experience. Specially conceived, designed, and engineered by Microsoft employees, the new Surface tablet is definitely a beauty to behold, where it offers a full sized USB port (which is always a good thing), and a 16:9 aspect ratio display for its 10″ display, making it the industry standard for HD resolution – at least for now.

The edges have been angled at 22 degrees, which places it in a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, allowing the PC to fade into the background as the software goes around to get the job done. Not only that, the material of choice for the Surface’s case would be VaporMg, where it was specially developed using a unique approach known as VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag, hence the name), which is actually a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles, resulting in a finish that is somewhat akin to a luxury watch.

Microsoft Surface specifications

  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3mm
  • Display: 10.6″ ClearType HD display
  • Battery: 31.5W-h
  • Connectivity options: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Case: VaporMg case & stand
  • Capacities: 32GB and 64GB

Microsoft Surface Pro specifications

  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Display: 10.6″ ClearType HD display
  • Battery: 42W-h
  • Connectivity options: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Case: VaporMg case & stand
  • Capacities: 64GB and 128GB

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