Microsoft's Surface Pro Tablet Touches Ground February 9 for $899

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You can buy an actual computer for $900--a pretty good one, at that. No reason to waste money on these silly little toys.

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jgrimoldy

Too expensive, yes.

However, it's not priced *ridiculously* out of the question.

For what you're getting, I think your average Apple computer is much more ridiculously overpriced than this is.

If this can come down even, say, 25%... well, then you've got a serious contender.

I look forward to the performance reviews. If this has the option of booting from the USB, it'll be huge, especially when the clones start arriving... And the clones will arrive...

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DeltaFIVEengineer

You do realize that a similarly configured Macbook Air can be had for the same if not less than this? It even comes with a keyboard!

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jgrimoldy

Sure, but the Macbook Air isn't a tablet and does not have a touch-screen. Beyond that, Apple products (apart from the iPhone) have not been widely adopted in F500 companies, Gov't, and universities. Yeah, there's lots in each of those, but you usually only get one at the executive level or if you're in the Marketing dept.

A tablet that can be centrally administered by an IT staff is going to be huge.

Still, this *is* too expensive, but not for long.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Yea no kidding. I was commenting on your comparison to an Apple computer in terms of price. I don't disagree with you that the Pro tablet is incredibly overpriced but you're still making an apples and oranges comparison.

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jgottberg

Exactly, IT guys will love this. I know I do... Being able to hand these out with full copies of Office and all of the other custom apps we have with full compatibility. Being able to manage them via active directory, using our endpoint protection software. I know we will start moving to these.

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Damnlogin

Starting at $899? GTFOH

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luvs2spooj

Cant wait for this I will gladly shell out the bones. User access control, remote desktop, can play a few games. Awesome.

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Paper Jam

If MS wants people to adopt their new UI, they are going to have to get the price down. $200 for retail Windows 8, $899 for Surface Pro, etc., etc. is just too much. And it doesn't help that the UI looks like paint by numbers.

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mustangzs

I've been wanting a windows 8 tablet since I got to play with the RT version. But I think the price will be a big turn off for many. Maybe the i5 is too expensive to have in these models. Something like the i3? What about AMD's apu's or Intel atom? Just something so we can run the 2 or 3 x86 programs we need but still have the best of both worlds.

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DoctorX

uhmmmmmm no thanks... too expensive... for even a laptop... sorry. I will stick to my desktop and nexus 7 for $250.

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