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My gen 1 Macbook Air has seen better days and the battery life isn't long enough now my lectures are getting much longer in 3rd year, plus I'm tired of having to mess about converting my notes into .doc's.

I'm thinking of replacing it with the Microsoft Surface RT tablet coming out this month supposedly, but I wanted to check that it would be suitable for typing notes and saving them as .doc's? Also, I have never owned a tablet, what kind of battery life do they have typically? Currently I have to treat my Air like it's Apollo 13 trying to coast back from the moon on a AA battery...tongue.gif

+ In general, people think the Surface RT would make a good note taking device? The keyboard looks pretty decent. Should I be considering any other devices?

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Office Home & Student 2013 RT is only available on Windows RT devices and is not sold standalone. The Windows RT devices available at Windows RT General Availability will include preview editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. After the final edition of Office Home & Student 2013 RT is released in a customer’s language, their Windows RT device will be automatically updated with the final edition for free via Windows Update (Wi-Fi connection required). Customers can expect to get these updates starting in early November through January depending on their language. We’ll publish the specific update schedule on October 26 on the Office blog.

http://blogs.office.com/b/office-next/archive/2012/09/13/building-office-for-windows-rt.aspx
You will get it with your Windows RT tablet device. smile.gif
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As he said, you get a "home" version of office for free with the RT device.

At this point no one knows how the battery life would be, but since its going to be the ARM version, I would expect that it will be pretty good on the RT. The keyboard is another area that no one can really answer you at this point as no one has really been allowed to use them.

The best thing for you would be to just go to the MS store when its released and try the keyboard out. They will have 2 versions. One which is touch based and another with actual key travel.

Finally if you don't like those, you could always get a Bluetooth keyboard although that takes away some of the appeal of the surface in the first place.
 
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