Journalists Praise Microsoft's Surface Pro

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Microsoft gave select journalists at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show a preview of its upcoming Surface tablet with Windows Pro, and according to reports, the device—unlike the Surface with Windows RT that preceded it—may actually be what Microsoft officials have been promising: a game-changer. Microsoft surprised the tech world in June 2012 with the introduction of its own tablet running a limited version of Windows 8 and the promise of a 2013 version running Windows Pro. Windows RT launched Oct. 26, 2012, and the next model was to follow three months behind it—which puts us into next week. "It's almost here," David Pogue, who was treated to a supervised hour in a Las Vegas hotel room with the tablet, wrote in The New York Times Jan. 10. Of the Surface RT, Pogue lamented, "It can't run any of the 4 million standard Windows programs. Instead, it requires a new type of app, a more limited, full-screen, iPaddish sort of app, available only from Microsoft's online store. And there aren't many of those apps, although the situation is slowly improving." But the Surface with Windows Pro, which is thicker, heavier, has a better screen, a homeless stylus users are likely to lose, an impressive Intel Core i5 processor and a larger price point—$900, versus the $500 of the RT—is something else.

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VIA: eweek