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It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market. The response from Surface customers has been fantastic and exciting to see. In addition to sharing the terrific results that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8 at a technology conference earlier this week, we also announced that Surface with Windows 8 Pro would be available in January 2013.

Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899:
  • 64GB standalone version at $899
  • 128GB standalone version at $999

Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately).

Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand.

However, it also has some differences.

On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor. This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920x1080 full HD resolution. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. And, as I mentioned above, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input. This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitizing technology we’re calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run your current Windows 7 desktop applications – it’s a full PC AND a tablet.

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If I didn't already have a decent laptop I'd be all over this. Looks like Windows 8 will be ushering in an era of touch-screen laptops.
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$900 and they couldn't even throw in the keyboard cover? hmm...
Edited by bavman - 11/29/12 at 9:49am
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I'd buy one without question if it had a bigger screen (11.6 min I'd say), but I guess the surface line of W8 products are for those who are more tablet orientated and would be more used to or prefer iPad/Samsung tab 10.1/Nexus 10 sized screens.
Edited by GrizzleBoy - 11/29/12 at 9:47am
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I'm in, though a cover should come standard on a 1k tablet/pc
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If they would include the touch cover with it the price would be awesome. Still lower then I thought it would be so I am pretty excited!
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Waiting for the 2nd generation of surface to jump in.

Price is reasonable though considering what you get.
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$900 and they couldn't even through in the keyboard cover? hmm...

I agree. $1000 will get you a similarly spec'd ultrabook... which has a keyboard. Is the touch/type cover so expensive to make that they can't include it? Maybe it's the premium for it being a tablet, but I feel like an ultrabook price should get you an ultrabook!
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I'd be interested to see how LoL runs on it. That would determine whether or not I'd be interested. smile.gif
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they say in the articel "Intels Next Generation Core i5 Processor"
do they mean haswell???
if so then im on for it,
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