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Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the newly-discounted Microsoft Surface R...

When the Microsoft Surface RT launched last year, it was a hard sell at US$500. It ran an unproven software platform, had relatively few apps, and you had to pay an extra $120 or so to get its killer feature, the Surface keyboard cover. But with Microsoft recently dropping the Surface RT's base price, is it worth a second look? Let's see how it compares to another $300-something slate, the iPad mini.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro that combines the power of a laptop with the form...

What is a PC? When you're reviewing the Microsoft Surface Pro, asking yourself that question is practically obligatory. After all, when the device launched nearly five months ago, Windows 8 was still new, and the idea of a tablet that's every bit as productivity-oriented as a high-end laptop was still a novelty. But today, I don't think there's any question. Devices like the Surface Pro are not only the future of the Windows PC, they're already delivering some exciting possibilities in the present. Is this a cruise worth departing on now? Or is it better to give them a few years to better flesh themselves out? Let Gizmag lend a hand, as we review the Microsoft Surface Pro.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the Samsung Ativ Q and Microsoft Surface...

Say what you will about Microsoft, but you can't accuse the company of not having a plan. Windows 8 is a loud-and-clear statement about the future of the PC: it's touch-oriented, it's mobile, and it's convergent. The jury is still out on whether customers will wholeheartedly buy into that vision, but several recent devices at least give us more tangible examples of what that kind of future looks like. Let's compare two of the prime examples: Samsung's upcoming Ativ Q and Microsoft's own Surface Pro.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the new 11-inch MacBook Air, and the Mic...

Mobile devices have turned the traditional PC market upside down. While Apple's "post PC" strategy is all about the iPad, the Mac still gives it a horse in the traditional PC race. Microsoft's strategy is more convergent: it wants hybrid devices like the Surface Pro to become our primary computers. How do the two measure up? Let's find out, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the 2013 MacBook Air to the Microsoft Surface Pro.  Read More

Does a new report about a 7-inch Surface tablet sync up with an old rumor about an Xbox Su...

Microsoft’s Surface tablets have been a mixed bag. The Pro version is a beast of a tablet, with slick hardware and Ultrabook power. But the RT model has a barren app selection and a confusing, bipolar operating system. With this less-than-stellar launch, it’s no surprise that Microsoft has something new in the oven: a smaller 7-inch Surface tablet.  Read More

A new report states that Microsoft is set to fold Windows RT into the first big update to ...

Microsoft’s Surface Pro makes sense for customers. It takes the power – and app support – of an Ultrabook, and combines it with the body of a tablet. Windows RT tablets, on the other hand, make a lot less sense. Limited app support and confusing incompatibility with legacy Windows apps make them niche products. If a new report holds any water, Microsoft realizes this and is ready to pull the plug on Windows RT products.  Read More

BlueStacks emulates thousands of Android apps on Windows 8 and the Surface Pro

Microsoft’s Surface Pro runs millions of desktop Windows apps. Few of those apps, though, were designed for touch. Though Microsoft is pitching the device to professionals, sometimes even the pros like to get their Temple Run on. Enter Android emulator BlueStacks, which brings over 750,000 mobile apps to the Surface Pro.  Read More

We compare the specs – and other features – of the Microsoft Surface Pro and MacBook Air

In selling the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s marketing team has a big challenge. The new tablet is essentially an Ultrabook in a tablet’s body. But most customers are going to look at it and think “iPad competitor.” We already compared Surface Pro to the iPad, but perhaps a more appropriate comparison is to the MacBook Air. Let’s see how their specs – and other features – compare.  Read More

We compare the specs - and other features - of the Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad 4

Microsoft’s interest in tablets goes all the way back to 2002. The original Microsoft Tablet PCs ran Windows XP, were thick and heavy, and used styluses. They didn’t sell. But now that the iPad has made the tablet a cultural centerpiece, Microsoft has a new one. It runs Windows 8, is thick and heavy, and uses a stylus. Is Surface the future of computing, or just a retread of a past failure? Read on, as we compare the specs – and other features – of the Microsoft Surface Pro and 4th-generation iPad.  Read More

We compare the specs - and other features - of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT

Microsoft had a lot riding on Surface. But the initial Windows RT version - with its hybrid OS and limited app selection - has hardly transformed Redmond into a serious player in mobile. That leaves Steve Ballmer and company pinning their hopes on the Windows 8 Pro Surface. Does its full-fledged desktop OS make it a better buy than its cheaper predecessor? Read on, as we compare the specs - and other features - of the Surface RT and Surface Pro.  Read More

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