October 26th 2012 will be remembered as the final day before all the snapping sounds started, the eve of the angry school girls holding images of devices they’ve never seen in real life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the functionality that Microsoft has added to their tablet, and the effort they put into getting just the right amount of ‘snap’ feedback, probably cost them a lot more than we’d believe..
But, all too soon, the first users will be ‘snapping‘ these open and then hopping into ‘Bing‘ to find something while looking around the coffee shop to see who’s noticing them.. SOON!
All the play on word noises aside, with the 26th a mere 10 days away, the offer to get a Surface in your hands on the release date is pretty cool.
Microsoft is starting with 3 options:
– 64 GB with Black Touch KB Cover $699 (Sold Out)
– 32 GB with Black Cover $599 (Sold Out)
– 32 GB without a cover $499
You can buy the Touch Cover separately for $120 in 5 different badly photo-shopped colors, or buy a ‘physical KB’ style Type Cover for $129.99.
Clearly the discerning owner would have to opt for the ‘Type Cover’ so that it makes click sounds that will turn the heads of iPad users in the coffee shop.
That’s about where the envy will likely stop however, given the 1366×768 resolution, 2GB of RAM, proprietary NVidia T30 CPU, and applications exclusively supplied by the Microsoft Windows Store.
The Windows RT Surface tablet also comes with a trial copy of MS Office 2013 Home/Student RT Preview that you’ll have to upgrade to the full version later when it’s released.
Personally I’d hold off and wait for a NON Windows RT Surface.
– Good luck using a different OS if you find Windows 8 doesn’t match well with your needs
– Your choice of browser is currently IE10 or IE10 Desktop Mode
– Your sole provider of applications is Microsoft
It’s not news that I deeply dislike the idea of limited access/walled gardens/etc., but clearly this isn’t shared with everyone since nothing is slowing down the pre-sales; Heck Microsoft was actually having issues with page loading earlier today!
Oh speaking of which here’s the official link to the Microsoft Surface on the MS Store site.
Would you believe that Harvard University is giving away free diplomas for their doctorate degrees in Medieval Latin?
How about a free Networking course from Stanford University that covers packet switching and queuing?
Would you believe it’s online and open to anyone?
Yup! If you always wanted to put ‘Stanford University’ on your resume, you can now do it for free, online, and nice reasonable 10 week duration.