PROVING THAT IT CAN KEEP UP WITH THE COMPETITION, Microsoft has re-entered the tablet computer market.
Two years after Apple introduced its Ipad, the gadget that effectively re-ignited the market, Microsoft has come forward with its own can-do machine and announced two Surface tablets at an event in Los Angeles.
The firm hasn't released a huge amount of information about the tablets and a video on Youtube is more promotional than informational, but there is some information.
One model is ARM powered and runs Windows RT, the other has an Intel chip and runs Windows 8 Professional. Pricing and firm release dates are not available, but Microsoft said that the Windows RT model will be released to coincide with the launch of Windows 8 and the Windows 8 version a couple of months later.
The Windows RT model is 9.3mm thick and weighs 676g, while the Intel based Windows 8 model is 13.5mm thick and weigh 903g. The Windows RT version's smaller body makes way for some compromises and while it offers MicroSD, USB 2.0, MicroHDMI Video ports, the Windows 8 model has MicroSDXC, USB 3.0 and Mini Displayport Video inputs.
The differences also extend to memory size, and the Windows RT model comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities, while the Windows 8 model has 128GB of storage. The Windows 8 tablet also has a pen. Exciting.
It is possible that the most exciting thing about the tablets is that they have a cover that folds back to offer a thin keyboard. This, and the fact that they offer a kickstand, is good in our book. µ