The Surface Mini everyone was expecting this morning was likely in the works until recently. A new report by Bloomberg notes that executives at Microsoft nixed the smaller tablet at the last-minute, opting instead to focus their energy on what a larger device could bring to the table.
Microsoft has revealed their Surface Pro 3, "the tablet that can replace your laptop." Making very clear that they intended this machine to be covered within and around that statement, Microsoft has presented a machine that’s made for work - and yet there seems to be a bit more to the story right off the bat.
Microsoft is aiming for third-time lucky with its tablet ambitions, unveiling the Surface Pro 3 this morning. Rather than the smaller Windows 8 slate many expected, the Surface Pro 3 actually got bigger, with a new 12-inch display and a redesigned keyboard and pen which Microsoft argues makes it the only real hybrid for content consumption and creation. Read on for some first-impressions.
With the "lowest latency in the industry," according to Corporate vice president of Surface Computing at Microsoft Panos Panay, Surface Pro 3 can take notes quickly. Better than that, clicking the back and of the pen included with the Surface Pro 3 launches Microsoft OneNote in an instant, even if the device is "off."
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 kicks off at $799, the company has confirmed, with preorders kicking off tomorrow. The entry level model has a Core i3 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of memory; however, there'll also be Core i5 and Core i7 versions. You can find full pricing - as well as for the new accessories - after the cut.
Microsoft is talking up the new friction hinge of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, and how it works with the new Type Cover that has been redesigned for better lap use and more. The Surface Pro 3 can now be adjusted to lie nearly flat, at up to 150-degrees back, which Microsoft's Panos Panay describes as a very "intentful" angle for art and such. There's also a new docking station for the Windows tablet.
Michael Gough, Vice President of Experience Design at Adobe took the stage this week at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 event. There he showed off a new version of Photoshop for Windows 8. This version of Photoshop for Windows 8 was optimized for touch - and made ready for working with the Surface Pro 3 right out of the box.
Microsoft has revealed the Surface Pro 3, and the new Windows tablet's main rival is clear: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air. The OS X ultraportable was brought up on-stage during Panos Panay's presentation announcing the Surface Pro 3, and promptly slapped on a scale to show how the two hold up in terms of what you'll feel in your bag.