So I got to check out the Surface tablet over the weekend. I was super impressed! The Windows 8 interface is flawless...it was simply designed to be used like this. Surface combines the practicality of a Windows desktop with the frivolity of iPads and Android tablets. Or at least...it will come January. See, the Surface tablets available now actually run a stripped down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT. Essentially it's a version of Windows that can't run desktop apps, so for now, this is just a tablet. You can do all sorts of regular tablet things like download apps, do email, surf the internet, and keep track of your calendar, photos, music, etc. It also comes with a pretty complete version of MS Office 2013, though you can't do the advanced stuff like VBA. I don't believe you can run games from, say, Steam and stuff on them either.
But come January, they'll start including Windows 8 Pro instead, which means you'll get a fully functional PC and a full functional tablet all at once. I don't see how I can possibly pass that up. Well played, Microsoft.
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