Pre-Order Page Reveals Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Starts at $499

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sta789

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Please stop pimping Windows 8. None of us need or want a dumbed-down OS or glorified netbook.

Really, how much does Microsoft pay you guys for the constant stream of Windows 8 press releases?

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jgottberg

Windows 8 is a pretty big deal, whether or not you like it. I'm not going to go so far as to say I LIKE it but MaximumPC wouldn't be doing their due diligence if they didn't report on this stuff since Windows 8 release date is approaching.

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Cregan89

Windows is used on 90% of all PC's, and Windows 8 represents probably the biggest shakeup to the PC industry since... the PC.

I would hope that a site called "Maximum PC" is covering Windows 8 news. It would be outrageous if it wasn't.

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andrewc513

As someone who works in corporate IT support.... I shudder at the thought of all these people ignoring my advice to NOT GET WINDOWS RT if they expect a full-blown PC. No matter who much fair warning and information I give my clients, they'll inevitably buy it anyway because "it was cheaper" than a Windows 8 Pro tablet, and then blame me because I can't make it join a domain or install non-WinRT x86 apps.

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Cregan89

Windows Domains have been deprecated in favour of MS System Center. So while Win RT devices can't join a domain, they can still be managed by IT:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/04/19/managing-quot-byo-quot-pcs-in-the-enterprise-including-woa.aspx

I don't know what kind of company you work for but I think Win RT could actually be perfect for many, if not most, corporate environments. Most business users need email, calendar, MS exchange, MS Office, and web browser support and that's about it. From the IT side it's cheaper, easier to configure, and easier to maintain. Unless your company has custom proprietary x86 software, you should actually recommend Windows RT. It will make your job a lot easier haha.

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razorpetti37

I mostly agree with you, except that Windows 8 RT will be running Office RT, which is missing some components of the full blown Office suite. I was actually kinda excited about this tablet, because I could get the portability and battery of an iPad, but still be able to be productive for work on it. Then I noticed that Office RT doesn't allow the use of macros. Many of my spreadsheets for work rely on macros. This little detail caused me to change from enthusiasm to frustration.

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Cregan89

Yeah that is unfortunate. I imagine Outlook, Macros, and Add-Ins will all be added in the future for Office RT though as those are pretty much the three main reasons a business user would use MS Office over free alternatives like Libre Office anyways.

There's always the Surface Pro...

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BlazePC

Too expensive not to include the keyboard.
Tactical failure, but totally predictable.

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Neufeldt2002

While the price points are comparable to the iPad, MS is not Apple and it will be interesting to see if it can actually continue to demand the price premium that they are placing on it. I also wonder what the return rate will be when the not so technically inclined realize that they can't run regular windows programmes on it.

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maxeeemum

PC users are not Apple Sheep!!!

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Cregan89

I think the average consumer will assume that this is a whole different beast from classical MS Windows upon first glance of the device. The Windows 8 Start Screen image on the front and the fact that the device doesn't even come with a keyboard and mouse by default will trigger consumers to at least inquire about the devices capabilities.

Not to mention, you can be sure that the Best Buy and Future Shop employees will make the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT well known, if only to up-sell the consumer to the full $999 Windows 8 version.

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bezerkus

They will have to have the price come under Apple for it to compete. Nice to have 3 choices now with at least 2 having the propaganda machines to check each other while the other can continue to innovate.

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jesse_n_sf

You said "I also wonder what the return rate will be when the not so technically inclined realize that they can't run regular windows programmes on it."

Even most dumb shoppers will want to know the difference between "Windows RT" and "Windows 8". As far as the iPad and price point goes. All it takes is heavy advertising like Apple did. People get board of the same old thing and will want to change (With acception to iSheep).

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Emgtek

Agree! ^

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