Microsoft to sell Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb 9 (Update)

Jan 22, 2013

Microsoft says that the pro version of its Surface tablet will be available to purchase Feb. 9 in the U.S. and Canada.

Unlike the previous version that launched in October, the "Surface Windows 8 Pro" will use the full version of Windows 8, which is compatible with programs that run on earlier versions of Windows.

The tablet will be priced starting at $899 for the model with 64 gigabytes of memory.

The price includes the Surface Pen, which allows users to write or draw on the device.

It does not include the Touch Cover keyboard, which sells separately for $120, or the Type Cover, which has depressible keys, for $130.

Microsoft hasn't released sales figures for the earlier version of Surface, which runs on Windows RT, a slimmed down version of the operating system.

RT only runs apps bought on the Windows store and a modified version of Office that Microsoft included with the device. The pro version of Surface does not come with Office installed.

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evropej
3 / 5 (4) Jan 22, 2013
$1049 for a laptop so that I can launch apps without a start menu, work with no task minimizing, and run my applications in compatibility mode if they happen to run at all. Throw in a virus definition subscription, geek squad support and lots of sarcasm and I am on board. All aboard!
visual
5 / 5 (1) Jan 23, 2013
Not a laptop, but a tablet. And it will sell, despite your pointless sarcasm. Worse tablet convertibles were selling for upwards of $2000 until a year ago. The previous $1000 hit tablet was the HP tm2, it suffered from a terrible quality TN display and it still sold well. I have one.

This new tablet, along with the Samsung Ativ Pro, will be a huge success for anyone actually interested in the tablet market. The combination of a Wacom digitizer, FullHD display, a capable x86 CPU and even decent integrated GPU in such a form-factor is an industry first. Way overdue, as a matter of fact, and this delay has me quite pissed, but once I get my hands on it all will be forgiven :p
visual
not rated yet Jan 23, 2013
Note, by "tablet market" I mean real tablets, nothing like the useless toys Apple introduced. A market that existed long before Apple decided to pretend they invented the term, even if at a 20 times lower volume and 2-5 times higher prices. It is a completely different segment, a completely different experience. Until the first time you use a Wacom active digitizer for yourself and get spoiled for life never wanting to give such a feature up ever again, you have no right to claim you know what "tablet" means...

This machine will run whatever drawing, 3D design and modeling software any artist or engineer wants. It will run all the PC games any gamer wants (yes, the GPU is still quite poor and you will have to lower details and resolution, but it is still better than the discrete GPU of my tm2, so a lot of games will be playable). True, it will also run all the viruses that any clueless user installs while browsing porn, but if that's a drawback for you, for me it is a non-issue.
visual
not rated yet Jan 23, 2013
And your remarks that Windows 8 does not have a start menu, task minimizing or that programs are incompatible are patently wrong.

(edit: Oh, and the "virus definition subscription" is free for Microsoft Security Essentials)
beowulf571
5 / 5 (1) Jan 23, 2013
Yes and Zune was a superior product too. The only good thing Balmer has done recently is help bring the NBA back to Seattle.... :)
Jonseer
1 / 5 (1) Feb 14, 2013
Not a laptop, but a tablet. And it will sell


Gee you're quite confident considering the entry level Surface has already sold far below expectations, and not because people decided to hold off for the full featured version reviewed here.

Such boundless enthusiasm is usually a good indicator that someone hasn't had to pay for any of the products they praise so highly for whatever reason.

You can save the denials.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (1) Feb 14, 2013
For me the Surface is wasted project, until it will not run all the native Windows applications. The application market of Android and MacOS applications is already much wider and the incompatibility of existing binaries with Windows RT delayed the Surface start off significantly. Now it's becoming obsolete even from HW perspective, especially when considering its price.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (1) Feb 14, 2013
The funny point is, that 64GB version Surface Pro has just a 23 GB available - all the rest is consumed with Windows binaries (i.e. without MS Officce, which isn't even included). For me more both economically, both ergonomically affordable alternative for example is Acer Iconia. It's weight and price is half in comparison to Surface Pro - which is merely a crippled ultrabook rather than tablet.
VendicarE
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2013
Looks like surface pro in it's current configuration is another Microsoft failure.

Blame Ball Boy Ballmer.

He is incompetent.