Don't-Miss Tablet PC Stories
Even the first-gen Surface slate is getting a makeover in Microsoft's online store.
As it did after launching the MacBook Air, weight and thickness will be the metrics by which new tablets will be evaluated. But the Windows world fares pretty well here, actually.
Two roughly $500 Windows RT tablets with optional keyboard accessories enter the ring. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! ...or is there room for peaceful coexistence?
Microsoft launched its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets at midnight Tuesday morning. Early reviews of the tablet were favorable, though not overly enthusiastic.
Apple's iPad may be more well-rounded, but the Surface 2 and Windows RT 8.1 win screens-down for Office-centric productivity.
But the flawed Windows RT update still isn't available in the Windows Store.
Acer has produced 8-inch tablets before, but this is the first to run the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Users dying for a $1799 version of the Surface Pro 2 tablet will now have to wait until December to buy one from Microsoft.
The smaller sibling to Lenovo's 10-inch Miix tablet will ship with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.
But is "Surface 2" really an improvement?
Microsoft will probably report better than expected Windows revenue when it issues its third-quarter earnings numbers this month, based on PC shipment estimates by research firm IDC.
The catch? You'll be paid in store credit.
Dell's XPS 10 tablet and Lenovo's Yoga 11 hybrid with Windows RT have been discontinued, but the companies will provide customers free upgrades to the latest Windows RT 8.1 when the OS comes out later this month.
HP CEO Meg Whitman is just the latest to publicly lament Microsoft's decision to compete against its partners with the Surface tablet.
Because nothing says "productivity" like club-ready rap.