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Microsoft's Surface tablets have an image problem. The company on Monday unveiled its newest tablets that feature jacked-up components and nifty new dual-position kickstands. The Surface 2, which runs Windows RT, now will come with Outlook, while the Surface Pro 2, which runs Windows 8.1, will continue to operate like a full PC. Microsoft fixed nearly every hardware issue that buyers criticized in the first versions of the devices while sticking with the same essential design.
If you're looking for evidence why Windows RT won't be around for the long haul, just take a look at Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet. It highlights everything wrong with RT, and points the way towards the operating system's eventual demise.
In many ways, Microsoft's Surface 2 was the company's big chance to prove that Windows RT deserves its place in the world. Has it taken it? Well, sort of. Let's face it: Surface RT and other Windows RT devices have been up against it for some time now, and for good reason.
Though consumers are a big target audience for the new Surface 2 tablet, Microsoft is also hoping to woo businesses with features that could make the device easier to secure and manage in IT environments.
Tom Warren takes a close-up look at Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT.
Don’t count Windows RT out yet: Microsoft executives said Thursday that customers should expect “many more Windows RT tablets” in the future.
Microsoft is readying not one, but two new Surfaces for this holiday season. The Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro is the successor to the Surface Pro, according to sourced reports. And the NVIDIA Tegra 4-based Surface 2 is the successor to Surface RT, according to new leaks from Neowin.Net and the Windows SuperSite on September 9.
Over the past few days, Neowin has been able to uncover many of Microsoft’s upcoming plans for its Surface products. These plans include the specs for the Surface 2, a new battery powered cover, called the Power Cover, and a new dock for the Pro line of Surfaces.
Winbeta reports that a source named WZOR, which has provided a number of Microsoft information leaks in the past, claims that the company is planning to merge Windows Phone OS and Windows RT. The source doesn't provide additional details, but rather states that this has been mentioned several times in the past. True or not, Microsoft is seemingly already paving the way by providing support for 7 inch form factors in Windows RT 8.1 launching this October.
With Microsoft making its promotional price cuts for Surface RT and Surface Pro permanent, many are asking me whether now is the time to buy. The answer of course, is no. The more pertinent question is whether a coming second generation of Surface devices, which we will refer to as Surface 2, will change this equation at all. Now, that is a good question.
Nokia hasn't said it will launch a tablet. It hasn't suggested one is in the works, nor hinted at specs. But that hasn't stopped the speculation and (maybe) leaks, and a coherent thread to the rumours is beginning to emerge: that it will be a 10.1-inch RT tablet, packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
AdDuplex, which runs an ad network for Windows and Windows Phone apps, has posted regular updates on the Windows Phone ecosystem for the past several months, based on data they have retrieved from their ad network. However, the last time they offered a similar update on Windows 8/RT devices was in April.
Just two years ago, before the Surface RT was even on the horizon, another alternative entrant in the computing market was posting miserable (Surface RT-esque) sales after launching. The suspect in question, Chromebook, was only able to post about 5000 units sold for Acer in the two months after its launch in June 2011. Samsung supposedly fared even worse. Analysts across the industry were taking bets on when Google would throw in the towel on Chromebook. They all but called the device destined to fail.
When the Surface RT launched back in October, it represented a new direction for Microsoft as the platform was running on an ARM processor. By using an alternative CPU, this opened up the possibilities for other vendors to supply the chips that power Microsoft devices. But, with sales not lining up to expectations, Microsoft was forced to write-down the current Surface RT inventory by $900 million and lowered the price of the Surface to help move units.
It's looking like the Surface RT tablet will get yet another permanent price reduction, at least as far as as its bundle with the black Touch Cover keyboard. WPCentral reports, via unnamed sources, that the Surface RT-black Touch Cover bundle prices will be reduced by $50 on Friday, August 30th.