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Microsoft extends the reach of its Surface Pro tablet

Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts, but that isn't stopping the software giant from expanding the latter's reach into new markets. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro (in 64GB and 128GB capacities) in the U.S. earlier this year, and Japanese buyers will now getting the opportunity to sample Microsoft's home-brewed tablet aimed at business users.
Starting June 8, potential customers in Japan will be able to purchase the familiar 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro models. In addition, a new 256GB SKU has been added to the mix and will be available for 119,800 yen ($1,175) -- this wouldn't be the first time that a company released a higher capacity model late in the a product's life cycle to extend its life a bit.

Microsoft is also being especially generous to Japanese customers by throwing in Office 2013 for free with all SKUs -- U.S. customers must purchase an Office 2013 license separately.

Sources: Engadget, AV Watch

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RE: Wrong form factor
By karimtemple on 5/29/2013 4:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
That's what's so crazy about the Touch Cover for the Surface; it's no more obtrusive to your carry than the Smart Cover for the iPad. You still get the pointing interface, you still get the keyboard. Amazing.

The thing about touch is its just an interface. You use it because you have to, because you're moving around and movement disrupts the ergonomics of keyboard and pointer interface. Similarly, 'tablet' is just a form factor. The form gives you mobile ergonomics. It doesn't actually take away stationary ergonomics (assuming you have a desktop dock or at least a video out port), and a touch part doesn't take away your ability to use a mouse.

The interface is not really tied to the power of the machine, except the consideration that touch gives you less control [fewer controls] of whatever power the machine happens to have. To me, the question is more like "Do you want your tablet to be weak or powerful?" Well, powerful.

This is assuming of course that your "powerful" tablet isn't the same thickness as a folded ultrabook lol. Haswell (and Jaguar/Silvermont) should fix us up. We should start seeing product this Fall.

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