22 January 2013 | 0
Microsoft’s own tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT the Surface RT, will be available in Ireland from 14 February.
Available in two variants, the 32GB version will be €479 or €579 including the Touch Cover, the company’s own combined cover and keyboard. The 64GB version will be €579 standalone or €679 with the Touch Cover.
Aimed primarily at consumers, the Surface RT does come with a version of the Office Suite 2013. However, the RT version of Windows 8 is not currently compatible with Active Directory and so is of limited appeal to the business user.
However, the Surface Pro runs full Windows 8 and can be managed and integrated with a business network in the manner of any Windows 8 PC.
Microsoft confirmed that the Surface Pro will be available in the US from 9 February and will begin with an estimated retail cost of $899. Based on the comparisons between the Sterling and Euro costs of the RT Surface devices that should probably mean a Euro price starting around €699 for the Surface Pro, though this is speculation.
The Surface Pro is available in 64 and 128GB versions. The Pro also features the Surface pen with Palm Block technology. Palm block means that even with the hand resting on the screen, the interface only recognises the input from the pen, allowing for more comfortable but accurate handwriting and drawing recognition.
With first availability of the Surface RT in October of 2012, that would make the Surface Pro available here in June if it follows the same cycle.