Microsoft Surface : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary


Microsoft Surface
Microsoft has announced, but not released (i.e. vapourware to discourage competitor sales), two tablet computers, the Surface and Surface Pro. The Surface uses an ARM processor and the Microsoft RT operating system. The Surface Pro uses an Intel Core i5 processor and the Windows 8 operating system. The Surface has either 32 or 64 GB of storage (presumably flash RAM (Random Access Memory)). The Surface Pro has either 64 or 128 GB of storage. Microsoft has not announced the resolution. It is expected to be somewhat pedestrian. It has a large touchpad style keyboard, not actual keys. It is designed to compete with the Apple iPad. It is somewhat heavier than most tablet computers. The advantage of the Surface Pro is it will run much of the same software as business Windows 8 desktops. The RT Arm version will likely be delayed. Microsoft is having problems porting Windows 8 to it.

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