Microsoft Intros Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 Tablets

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Formedras

Now if MS would allow unlocked Desktop applications on Windows RT, even if it's buried deep and loaded with warnings (about x86/x64 apps NOT WORKING AT ALL) on the screen with the switch, it'll cause a massive increase of the value of RT tablets. I've always seen that as the one humongous flaw (among a few small problems) of RT. (Well, that and the locked down Windows Store, but I mean just RT, not RT/8.)

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Shalbatana

Well, the reason to keep things locked down is it severely restricts malware and viruses, etc. From that perspective (only) it's a valid approach, if an inconvenient one.

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maxeeemum

Surefail 2 coming to a Microsoft Store ... I mean Best Buy ... near you!

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TheRyGuy

Man, I definitely wouldn't mind one of the Surface Pro 2's in my house. A handy Netflix device for when I'm in bed, or for when I need to look something up while I'm playing a game. Throw in some Wi-Di, and it's prime for replacing my gaming laptop (Asus G72 from 2009). With some light gaming capabilities, this is pretty awesome. I like the touch interface when it's called for. After getting used to W8, I have no qualms with it. Kudos to Microsoft. Hopefully others follow suit, or one-up the Surface.

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riopato

Install media center and add an external ceton infinitv to it! Portable HTPC/ cable box!
the moment the surface pro 2 comes out, my surface pro will permanently be docked as my main HTPC with touch screen interface and the wireless cover will be the remote.

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ross06187

So whats the battery life of the pro? The old pro had 3-4 hours really really bad for a mobile device. there was a acer iconia with 6-8 hours with the same spec. I wonder if acer will launch an update with 75% more batter life as well.

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Shalbatana

Sounds good, but are they more forthcoming about the usable HD space this time around? Can they have a recent product release without a shadow looming over?

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MiGreen

200GB of SkyDrive free for 2 years with ever new surface. I have all my files on SkyDrive, its fast enough, I can't lose them, MS take care of the back up and there on all my machines.

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Shalbatana

That is a plus, but I was referring to the past release when over half of their internal storage was taken up by the OS, and yet they still marketed it as the full capacity of the HD itself. It's a practice all the manufactures use. It's deceptive and it must be stopped, and the surface was way over the top the best example of why.

On another note, I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I personally feel the "free for [any given length of time that's not forever]" marketing scheme is a scam of the highest order that most consumers fall for with eyes wide shut. I buy my products for the long term and don't want to worry about what I'm going to do with all my cloud content once the "free" period ends.

No more subscriptions!

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CaptainFabulous

And they have the exact same problem the previous versions had: twice as expensive as they should be. No one in their right mind is going to spend $500 on a Windows RT device. And $900 for a Windows 8 tablet? Why would I buy this when I can get a better device for almost half the cost from a reputable manufacturer like Asus or Samsung?

For $900 you can get a kick-ass laptop or this half-baked tablet.

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davelray

Hey Cap'n, show us where we can get a better device for half. Neither ASUS nor Samsung have comparable products out, much less for half the price.

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riopato

The surface pro has been the first PC that I've never had to find driver, bios or firmware updates for since it's all baked into the OS update specific for their hardware. You can't say that for Microsoft's competitors, I mean OEM partners. It is like having an Apple PC without the craptastic mac OSX.
The ironic problem with windows 8 in general is that no one is developing software for it the same way no one use to for Apple's OS. If this changes, there will be no reason but to buy into the Surface brand and you can thank Apple for this!

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maxeeemum

@CaptainFabulous

+1

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legionera

I will definitely buy either an RT or Pro. If RT2 is faster than RT1, I won't even bother about the pro. All I need is something fast and capable enough for school with MS Office.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Special Ed isn't what it used to be....

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legionera

@ RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I suspect you have a pretty good understanding what it used to be.

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davelray

Don't you think that's going a bit far? That's pretty low even for a troll.

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bobthegoat2001

@davelray
I don't think so, if you're responding to legionera.

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davelray

No I was responding to "sweetness." legionera's reply got stuck between.

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Cyk0

Please tell me where I can get a full fledged i5 tablet or laptop with touch screen that has windows 8 pro, 4gb+ ram, and a 128 GB SSD for less than $900? Oh wait you can't. Lets talk about the RT then. What tablet comes with Office loaded and has a dedicated USB port that can use Optical and Flash drives as well as printer and is cheaper than Surface RT. Oh wait you can't.

Well capt., I think your ignorance is showing.

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legionera

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it

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gmvolk

can you clearify this sentence, I am confused…

"Significant perhaps, but surprising the updates are definitely not, with most, if not all, of the improvements and new accessories having been rumored over the last few months"

I still think microsoft should just stick with windows only desktops. windows is for getting stuff done and tablets are for playing around. plus, their prices are just too steep, for that amount, I want a full pc/laptop.

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stige

i saw a comma-bomb, too. i read it as -

Significant, perhaps, but definitely not surprising. Most, if not all, of the improvements... etc.

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stige

stupid double post