Here’s a quick summary post on what Microsoft is announcing today. Those who had their bets on Microsoft announcing that it was going to get into the hardware game and create a branded tablet are winners. Microsoft is on stage in LA announcing its own Tablet called Surface. (Sound familiar?) Microsoft announced a Surface for RT and a Surface for Windows 8 called Windows 8 Pro. In other words, Surface that runs on ARM and Surface that runs on Intel. We will be updating this post as we get more but here are some things we’ve learned.
The frame is magnesium and the device weighs in at 1.5lbs. The form factor is a 16×9 and the device is 9.3mm thin and contains full size USB 2 ports and two cameras. It also has a kickstand. It will be ready when Windows 8 launches and no pricing is available at this point in time.
It also has a detachable multi-touch keyboard which sounds interesting and there is a second version keyboard that has tactile keys. It sounds like we’ve got a combo iPad and MacBook Air thing going on here, but either way Microsoft has input from your fingers covered on these new devices. Don’t know yet if these are standard or an accessory. Check out the video below.
Here are some more specs from the Surface 2.0 site:
And yes, Tableteers, there is a stylus on the Windows 8 Pro edition. There are two digitizers, one for touch and one for digital ink. There’s a lot more to learn and we’ll bring you much more as we learn it.