|The MS Surface, showing the cover-keypad |
that will cost an additional US$ 100 for the baseline model
This sets a price point war with the iPad.
I like the already linked report in the Durango Herald, so let me clip:
Microsoft’s first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26.
The price matches that of Apple’s iPad, the most popular tablet computer, but the base model of the Surface has twice as much storage memory: 32 gigabytes. The screen is also slightly larger.The signature hardware feature of the tablet, a cover that doubles as a keyboard, will cost another $100, Microsoft said Tuesday. A step-up model for $699 has twice the memory, 64 GB, and includes a cover.The launch of the Surface is an unusual move for Microsoft, which usually sells software to computer makers instead of making computers itself. It coincides with the launch of Windows 8, a version of the operating system that’s designed to work better on touch-screen computers and tablets.Microsoft will be selling the tablet in its own stores in the U.S. and Canada and online in those countries, plus Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the U.K.
The Touch Cover has a working, printed keyboard on its inside surface, but the “keys” don’t move when pushed. Microsoft will sell a separate Type Cover with keys that move for $130.
Those who think Microsoft went off the deep end with Windows 8 tend to focus on how much of a hybrid between a desktop and tablet/touch operating system it is. They ask how users will ever live without the traditional Start menu? How will they figure out how to switch between Metro apps? How will they ever find their way back to the familiar desktop once they open the new Start menu? How could Microsoft ever release an operating system that places such a massive cognitive burden on so many users?Sure, Windows 8 introduces new concepts, including the Metro-style Start menu. But for the most part, you can happily use Windows 8 just like you do Windows 7 and just think of it like a service pack.
The old, familiar desktop is always there and waiting for you. Indeed, you can completely ignore the Metro/Windows 8-style user interface 99 percent of the time. You may have to face it when you launch Windows 8, but you can just launch any desktop app from there with one click and you’re out of the Metro UI and back on the desktop.
|A 7" tablet, cradled in a portfolio with a keyboard|
Tablets are the new normal, folks. END