Yesterday, Microsoft managed to reign in all the speculation, rumors and everything in between to step up on stage in Los Angeles, California and showcase what they’ve been hard at work on. it didn’t take long before the rumors suggested that a tablet would be the focus of the event, and sure enough, that’s exactly what the Redmond-based company announced. They managed to steal the name of another Microsoft product in the process, but here we are today and Microsoft’s Surface tablet is the real deal.


First, there are two tablets. We’ve got the Windows RT device, which is built around an ARM processor. The “pro” tablet, though, features an Intel chipset inside, along with Windows 8 Pro. What they share, though, is a 10.6-inch “ClearType Full HD display,” WiFi-connectivity, VaporMg casing, and two cameras: one on the front, and one on the back. You’ll also find a full-sized USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot and micro HD video port.

There’s even a built-in kickstand, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Earlier yesterday, long before Microsoft’s event, I heard a local radio hostess say that Microsoft was getting ready to showcase an iPad killer. Yeah. I haven’t actually heard anyone say, “iPad killer,” in a very long time. I didn’t think it was still around, actually. I thought it was even stranger that here, locally, a radio host was suggesting to her listeners that Microsoft was creating something to kill an iPad.

I’m not going to get into whether or not a company can create something to effectively “kill” an iPad. It’s just about what you want, when you want it. The kicker here is that I don’t think Microsoft was aiming to kill the iPad. I think Microsoft’s goal was pretty clear right out of the gate, and they only cemented it by the end of the event.

Microsoft wanted to show what they can do in both the hardware department, and the software game, when they have full control. Surface is Microsoft’s baby in just about every way shape and form, and the result is something to truly be desired. The new Windows 8 tablet looks amazing, simply put, and Windows 8 only accents it in a way that makes the tablet work just the way it should.

But, and this is a big but, there’s a huge problem here, Microsoft. Why do we have to wait? More to the point, why do we have to wait so long? If there’s one thing that I wish you could emulate, Microsoft, it’s Apple’s ability to release things right after they’re announced. As it stands right now, we’re going to have to wait months before we can get our hands on the Surface tablet, and that’s a seriously big negative.

As someone pointed out to me last night, it’s not like Microsoft has to rush. There isn’t another iPad coming out until next year, and if there are any high-end, worthwhile Android tablets coming out, well, they’re a pretty good secret at this point. No, Microsoft doesn’t necessarily have to rush to get the Surface tablet out, and launching it around the time that Windows 8 officially launches later this year makes sense.

But I hate waiting. I especially hate waiting for something that I want that is officially announced. If Surface was still just a rumor, a figment of someone’s imagination, then this wouldn’t be a problem. But now that it’s the real deal, and I’m going to keep looking at it from time to time, waiting is going to be even harder.

I think Microsoft’s new Surface tablet is fantastic. It’s a great device, and considering I believe Windows 8 should only be on a tablet, I can’t wait to see how it does when consumers can finally buy it. But the one thing that weakens the whole presentation is the fact that we have to wait months for it. Waiting is the worst. It’s like waiting for a package, constantly rechecking the shipment information. But, this time around, we don’t even have an exact date of arrival.

So we wait. Who is excited for MIcrosoft’s Surface tablet? Are you okay with waiting? Or should Microsoft have done everything in their power to release the Surface tablet right after its unveiling? Or, at least sooner? Let me know!


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Bryan Prime Goodbye Ipad! Apple deserves a bit of a fall off the way they whine and cry about everything. "This thing is touch screen and can load a video... just like ours... lets sue them.. them too.. oh and them also... dont forget about those guys over there!" Crybaby idiots!
Kevin Joel Getting one for school as soon as it comes out. Wake up and smell the innovation iSheep!
Gerald Mccrae I'm staying with apple
Ken Mac Whinney Like the looks of em but the software and complete lack of apps has me weary
David Lewis Guirao Tatlitug ARM Processor is not the only processor guys. The better of them users Intel so you can play your games geeks
David Lewis Guirao Tatlitug If priced right its An apple killer. Why, look at the specs. Its a smart tablet not An apple media player. even the case is functional. I want one.
Alex Arana Don't go crazy on the price and goodbye ipad
Jiaqi Liu Games don't need a good processor, a i3 can run all the games u throw at it. Its the video card that matters, therefore none of those tablets can run games. Unless snake is the game u play all day :p
Tino Cabello Intel Ivy Bridge i5 processor on pro version. I think it can handle games fine
Hagop Kalbaklian Its alright but for me no tablet beats my 10 inch toshiba thrive
Chris Northcutt I want to see one in person.
Jeff Irvine Jason's right. It's using an ARM processor. Games may be a bit off still.
Jason Vargas @ George I don't think its processor speed and Ram size can handle PC games just yet. Think of it like a slightly weaker Laptop
Tony Abiama Looks like it can be a real competitor, we'll see tho
Paul David Panganiban I beliieve Microsoft deserves respect for starting the tablet innovation in 2003.
Gilbert Ramirez Lomeli i didnt like windows 8 i wont buy one tablet
George Deleija It can run pc games therefore it wins
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Very sexy,i love it,i am going to buy one :-)
Mark Antar creative, but not sure how functional it's going to be!
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle It's a new tablet.




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