Microsoft Holding Surface 2.0 Event September 23
September 10, 2013 12:02 PM
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Many are expecting a newer, better Surface
Microsoft sent out invitations to its Surface 2.0 event today, which is expected to show off new Surface hardware.
The Surface 2.0 event will be held September 23 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
While Microsoft hasn't been clear about what it's revealing at the event, many suspect it will be a new Surface model (or even more than one).
, we likely won't see a Surface with a radically smaller screen than the previous generation (which sits at 10.6 inches for both the Surface Pro and Surface RT). Also, other reports have said that the next-generation Surface RT (which is rumored to be called Surface 2 with no RT in the title) will have
Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor
, and that the
Surface 2 Pro
will get over eight hours of battery life, a Haswell processor, a docking station (which is supposed to feature three USB ports, a microphone port, an audio output port for headphones or external speakers, and a 1 Gbps Ethernet port for a direct connection into a router) and 8GB RAM. The Surface 2 reportedly won't be compatible with the docking station.
Microsoft really needs to step it up with the next Surface. The previous generation didn't seem to attract many buyers for various reasons, from the fact that Windows RT was a bust (it's not a full Windows 8 experience and cannot run legacy apps) to the high prices of both tablet models.
Surface with Windows RT was released in October 2012 while Surface with Windows 8 Pro was released in February 2013. The 32GB Surface RT launched at $499 and has been
slashed to $349
(the 64GB version is now $449). The Surface Pro also
saw a cut
from $899 to $799 for the 64GB model. The 128GB version costs $899.
In July, it was reported that Surface sales totaled just $853 million for the fiscal year 2013. Microsoft failed to mention which portion of those sales were Surface RT sales and which were Surface Pros.
Microsoft worked real hard to push its Surface tablets with promotions like
giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets
to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and introducing the "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer," which gave discounted
to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets until August 31.
But the efforts failed. In July, Microsoft took
a $900 million charge on the Surface
due to the flop in sales.
Microsoft is now trying to become a devices and services leader with a new restructuring plan -- called "One Microsoft" -- that will bring Windows Phone, PC and Xbox units closer together for a more seamless experience across multiple devices. Current CEO Steve Ballmer will also be replaced in the next year,
possibly by Ford CEO Alan Mulally
or Computer Sciences Corp.'s (CSCs) CEO Mike Lawrie.
It remains to be seen whether or not the restructuring plan and all of its changes will help the Surface make a splash in the tablet sector.
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9/10/2013 5:41:39 PM
It's the question I was asking.
Since the debut of the iPad and all the Android tablets that followed I always said, "Yeah, that's neat, but when can I get one with a full OS to run the stuff I actually want to run?"
And lo and behold, Microsoft released the Surface Pro. I can't actually afford one, but if I was going to spend money on a tablet, that'd be my tablet of choice, and I'll go play Civilization 5 and Sins of a Solar Empire during my lunch break (both of which now have touch enabled interfaces) while the iPads stick to Angry Birds.
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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