Microsoft today introduced Surface, their response to the Apple iPad and Android tablets.
And it looks like the world of tablets is going to get a lot more interesting, fast.
Microsoft positions Surface as ‘a new family of PCs for Windows’, very different than they way Apple has positioned the iPad as a ‘post-pc’ device. And Microsoft seems to be doing a good job of executing their vision, introducing a stylish tablet that nevertheless emphasizes the company’s Windows strengths.
Two models of Surface will be available:
- one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT; and
- one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft Surface looks like it could be a very interesting development in the world of tablet computers. Microsoft is taking a different approach than Apple, imagining tablets as ultra-lightweight PCs. This vision could be compelling for a lot of Windows users. And, if pricing is right, Surface could put the squeeze on Android tablets.
We’ll be very interested to see how Surface for Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro develops as a music platform. Check out the details and let us know what you think!
Here’s what Microsoft has to say about Microsoft Surface: