The second generation Surface is a well-built, highly functional machine but it has yet to catch on in the market to the same degree of that the iPad has. For Microsoft, the Surface is a must-win device as the company shifts from a software focused company, to a device and services model where its tablet plays a key part.
Without the Surface, Microsoft’s consumer branded ecosystem is incomplete as they have mobile with the Nokia mobile acquisition, the living-room with the Xbox One and the personal computer with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Therefore, Microsoft will back the Surface line and force its way to becoming a household name, no matter how large the previous write-downs may have been.
Here’s the thing with Windows RT: it works well for its intended use. It may not be popular to like Windows RT but the OS handled nearly all of my needs with the idea being that the Surface 2 is a tablet. It does fall a bit short of being a laptop replacement with the lack of a full-fledged Photoshop or my preferred photo application, Picasa, but for a device to get on the web, get some work done, and have plenty of battery life leftover, it’s perfect.
This article is brought to you in partnership with Neowin.
The Surface 2 is the follow up of last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft. The Surface 2 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and comes in two versions versions, 32GB and 64GB of storage with 2GB of RAM. Last but not least, the Surface 2 packs USB 3.0 and HD video out.
The Surface Pro 2 is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and comes in different versions, 64GB and 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB editions with 8GB of RAM. The Surface Pro 2 is the follow up to last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft sporting USB 3.0 and a mini DisplayPort ports.
Downloads and Drivers
From the Forums
Subscribe to TechSpot
Receive a weekly update of our best features and tech news you don't want to miss: