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  Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Time: 11:55 EST/16:55 GMT | News Source: InformationWeek | Posted By: Robert Stein

So where is Surface Pro? Microsoft's much-hyped, business-friendly Windows 8 tablet is nowhere to be seen. The delay, according to industry sources, has thrown the company's tablet plans, and indeed much of its strategy around Windows 8, into disarray. The situation may even have contributed to former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky's sudden exit this week. Here's the background. Microsoft unveiled Surface earlier this year, revealing two versions. Surface RT, which runs Windows RT and shipped on Oct. 26, and Surface Pro, based on Windows 8 Professional. Windows RT is a Windows 8 derivative designed for consumer tablets. All Windows RT tablets are powered by ARM chips, and are designed to be light and long on battery life. The downside: They won't run regular Windows applications and are incompatible with many Microsoft security and management tools, including Active Directory.

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#1 By bobsireno (1748 Posts) at 11/15/2012 12:06:16 PM
The so-called reporter that wrote the "article" must not have bothered to look up that Microsoft announced, way back in June 2012, that Surface Pro would be released at the end of January 2013. Here's a week old Cnet article that reaffirms the January release date of Surface Pro. http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/

#2 By AWBobStein (1074 Posts) at 11/15/2012 12:13:43 PM
I am waiting until the pro is released..not wasting my money on the RT.

#3 By rxcall (1411 Posts) at 11/16/2012 6:54:08 AM
#2: Agreed. If you don't have a tablet and that's all you are looking for then the RT is a viable alternative to the iPad. However, if you are like me, and have longed for something more out of your iPad then the RT only helps a little. I look forward to the Pro version and other form factors that emerge during the coming months. I also hope they offer 240 gig hard drives in the pro version - my current laptop has a 240 gig hd and has only 108 gig left.

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