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All Microsoft Surface RT Models Are Now Sold Out

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October 23, 2012 2:09:29 AM

A touch screen tablet type deal for 700? If you didn't need the touch screen feature I would just get a netbook or a slim/light notebook for cheaper and not to mention the screen would be protected in say a backpack or suit case.

Can't think of a use for these other than looking cool walking down the street and getting jacked.
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October 23, 2012 2:11:46 AM

Hmm, I kind of saw this happening. Its not a bad tablet. Lets hope for competition sake they do well.
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October 23, 2012 2:14:18 AM

i wish this tablet fad would go away.
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October 23, 2012 2:21:50 AM

Why is everyone so negative?
These things aren't so bad.. Microsoft is venturing into a field they have little experience in (even though they previously released tablets that didn't succeed with) but this time around, there is a lot of hype around this particular technology.

People want what is current, what is "now".
Businesses want convenience, productivity and they want it cheap.

This delivers on both fronts, you get a full office suite, a robust tablet that's easy to use and launches out the doors with accessories and it's below $1000 per unit.
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October 23, 2012 2:46:47 AM

mouse24A touch screen tablet type deal for 700? If you didn't need the touch screen feature I would just get a netbook or a slim/light notebook for cheaper and not to mention the screen would be protected in say a backpack or suit case.Can't think of a use for these other than looking cool walking down the street and getting jacked.


Welcome to 2012 my friend. I'm not sure where you've been but upper end tablets have been between $499 - $899 in price for a while.

Now to touch on your comparison to a notebook. These are considered ultra mobile which means no bulky laptop in your hands / lap. The battery life is WAY better on a tablet, they're lighter, have a mobile OS and not a real bulky OS. APPS! Think of them more as very large smart phones vs a computer. I have a Transformer Pad Infinity and absolutely love it. It's great to take to a restaurant or to my gf house, read in bed, use at work discretely O_O, and my favorite is the ability to take to the gym and stream netflix while I run. Can't do that with a laptop and a phone is too small. Point is, don't hate on tech just because you don't see a use in it for yourself.

Enjoy your evening! :) 
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October 23, 2012 2:51:25 AM

I will go check out the surface this friday if I have time. RT is clearly superior to apple and google's OS. Right now its just a question of which windows RT device to get or if its worth the extra weight to get the faster processor and backwards compatibility of windows 8.
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October 23, 2012 3:14:28 AM

I wonder how many of these purchases were by speculators planning to resell them on eBay.
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October 23, 2012 3:16:21 AM

I have never bought a tablet. I bought a Surface in the first 15 minutes. I STILL have not bought a tablet. This is not a tablet. This is a laptop packed into a very small and futuristic laptop form. True this is not the full Surface Pro yet... but I plan to use Desktop Remote from my Surface to map much bigger laptop at work and tower PC at home... and replace my Zune... AND I have dropped my phone services and got Skype for 2.99 a month because Skype on the Surface acts like a regular phone ... it can even alert you to a call when it is closed down in low power mode!
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October 23, 2012 3:17:51 AM

WIndows 8 is so touch oriented that making their own high end model makes sense. This allows MS compete with its partners at the high end while allowing the partners to address even more price points and helps execute a strategy that keeps the consumer within the larger MS ecosystem. Furthermore, it allows MS to emulate the Apple OS model in which they move their whole OS ecosystem en mass, take it or leave it. If they are able to execute this plan MS is poised to make a huge dent in the computing, tablet, home entertainment space. As always with MS this a huge IF.
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October 23, 2012 3:19:56 AM

BigMack70It's not that these tablets are bad, it's that tablets in general make no sense to me. I thought it was just Apple's loyal iSheep lining up for their yearly wallet shearing who would go for them in any meaningful way.To me, they sit in a no-man's land between smartphones and laptops and yet are more expensive than both. A smartphone can run almost all the apps that a tablet can. A laptop can do more than a tablet can. If you buy a tablet, there's a good chance you'll wind up needing a laptop anyways.I just don't see where they fit. They're kinda cool, but IMO that's about it.


I do agree with you. Tablets make little sense to me. I have not seen a person yet who hasn't picked up a tablet and slapped on a keyboard to it. What is the point of buying a tablet at this point? At that point there's little sense in paying for a tablet when you can get a good laptop, possibly even an ultrabook, that does more and costs the same or less.

But, I will admit that there are those who likely see some use in it. I won't bash them, but I will tell them their choice makes no sense to me, and please tell me why you made that choice.
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October 23, 2012 3:26:58 AM

I doubt this is actually true since you cannot preorder the device at the microsoft store, so they will obviously have some in stock on launch day or that will be just plain silly.
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October 23, 2012 3:53:04 AM

You might as well buy a Macbook Pro with this money.
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October 23, 2012 4:21:46 AM

I am seriously considering getting this to replace my 3 year old laptop which I use for college only (no games, just mainly word processing and web browsing) this looks pretty cool imo
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October 23, 2012 4:38:56 AM

coldtortillaI doubt this is actually true since you cannot preorder the device at the microsoft store, so they will obviously have some in stock on launch day or that will be just plain silly.


You mean the bricks and mortar stores right? I pre-ordered mine online, even if I was close to a MS store I would have gone the on-line route, just easier.
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October 23, 2012 4:52:43 AM

Legitimate Question: Really, can this thing run Crysis? Any gaming? Or is this just designed for the average Joe or Jane that just checks E-mail, browses the Internet and/or does word processing?
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October 23, 2012 5:00:18 AM

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Anybody buying anything running Windows 8 is doing their part in killing the PC and dragging us all into Microsoft's walled garden.
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October 23, 2012 5:14:44 AM

Could this be a simple marketing ploy to hype the tablet ?

Lets not forget that Ballmer was, and is, a salesman first.
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October 23, 2012 5:42:44 AM

killerclickI don't want to live on this planet anymore. Anybody buying anything running Windows 8 is doing their part in killing the PC and dragging us all into Microsoft's walled garden.

Then start building that Star Trek Enterprise. Do it now!
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October 23, 2012 5:56:04 AM

zybchYou mean the bricks and mortar stores right? I pre-ordered mine online, even if I was close to a MS store I would have gone the on-line route, just easier.

Yup I was at my local microsoft store and they told me you can only preorder online
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October 23, 2012 7:23:36 AM

I'm waiting for the pro version. Gotta be able to run legacy apps at work.
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October 23, 2012 11:49:25 AM

The experience of the device is made by OS and apps. Even if the OS is good, why so many people will buy a product that has no apps, and if the product do not gain a big marketshare, the developers will not focus on Windows 8 RT. I belive this is a publicity for developers, and in second place for consumers.
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October 23, 2012 12:20:59 PM

JOSHSKORNLegitimate Question: Really, can this thing run Crysis? Any gaming? Or is this just designed for the average Joe or Jane that just checks E-mail, browses the Internet and/or does word processing?

I don't remember Crysis being ported to ARM.

Also, for the two x86 flavours of win 8 tablets, look at the specs and tell me.
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October 23, 2012 12:52:28 PM

Lots of people are going to be mad when they get home and they realize that windowsRT is not the windows they know and none of thier x86 x64 software is going to work.
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October 23, 2012 12:58:45 PM

JOSHSKORNLegitimate Question: Really, can this thing run Crysis? Any gaming? Or is this just designed for the average Joe or Jane that just checks E-mail, browses the Internet and/or does word processing?

No the surface tablet is an ARM based system. Windows RT and ARM can not run traditional Windows or x86 software. The game won't even install.
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October 23, 2012 1:18:23 PM

bucknuttyNo the surface tablet is an ARM based system. Windows RT and ARM can not run traditional Windows or x86 software. The game won't even install.


However, ARM support is almost more within reach than Linux support. If developers see a cash opportunity, cross-compiling for ARM is a lot easier than replacing directX, and I would expect Visual Studio to ease the cross compiling task significantly.
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October 23, 2012 1:21:15 PM

I really wish MS had just ignored ARM and opened up with an Atom based tablet as the flagship.

I have no interest in an ARM tablet. But an inexpensive x86 tablet (or say around $500) would be very enticing.
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October 23, 2012 1:28:01 PM

Well to me it seems perfect for students (maybe not those college ones who may require x86 x64 programs), kids and every other user who needs a computer for web browsing, email, netflix, skype, MS office (Surface comes with preview of Office 2013 which is said to be updated to the full version through an update later on, for free). The latter one is gonna be a good selling point for a lot of people. Weighting under 2 lbs with the Touch cover and packing 8 hours of battery life (about 2-3 more than your average laptop), for users who just do basic things this offers way better portability than a bulkier 5 lb laptop with 5 hr battery life.
I'm planning on getting one for a family member but first I'm waiting for reviews to come out to see how well it works and how good the screen looks
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October 23, 2012 1:36:16 PM

southernsharkI really wish MS had just ignored ARM and opened up with an Atom based tablet as the flagship. I have no interest in an ARM tablet. But an inexpensive x86 tablet (or say around $500) would be very enticing.


I don't quite get RT either to be honest. Microsoft knew Intel was developing Clover Trail, as it was specially designed and tuned to run Windows 8. Clover Trail by all accounts is roughly the same price as a Tegra 3 (Though you wouldn't know it from the premium OEMs are charging on their Atom devices as opposed to the ARM ones), and has better performance. I mean, 3-4 years ago when Intel wasn't even competing in the mobile device market sure, but now that they've had a hit with Medfield and now have something even better in Clover Trail, ARM in general is probably on it's last legs unless they can pull an Athlon and keep themselves in the running for another couple years.

Oh well, RT is still far more capable then Android and iOS, so for those who have chosen to go that route, I'm sure they won't be disappointed.
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October 23, 2012 1:53:01 PM

I don't understand the RT version. Or I should say, I don't understand why people would buy the RT version. Unless, its because the consumer is uneducated about the limits of RT. RT just seems like a closed system.
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October 23, 2012 2:02:48 PM

Let's not be so naive everyone.

Would Microsoft accept any message in the media at this moment except: "All pre-orders are sold out!!"?

The worst signal to consumers right now would be to see a surplus sitting around.

"Oh shoot, maybe it's going flop. I'd better wait before buying a third laptop device for 600 dollars right now."

It's all marketing, you can guarantee they arranged the situation to look Exactly like this and nothing but this.



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October 23, 2012 3:01:03 PM

BigMack70It's not that these tablets are bad, it's that tablets in general make no sense to me. ...

You cannot possibly think that laptops would last forever? And there's going to be some newer tech that would eventually take over the place of laptops. But it wouldn't be a sharp transition in a couple of months. It would have to be a gradual transition. And that transition is got to start sooner or later. Which I believe we are looking at it now.
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October 23, 2012 4:07:06 PM

Nothing against Microsoft and I hope this product goes well, I love competition, the winners are us consumers. I smell marketing spin. Note that Microsoft doesn't mention the number of Surfaces that were sold in the pre-launch. By limiting the number available to customers, it could drum up an artificial demand. Apple has been suspected of the same tactics with the iPhone 5, however, its sales numbers were over 10 million in the first week. With sales predictions (Ballmer) of 3 million for the year, I suspect the pre-launch volume might be in the 100,000s. Okay, but nothing to write home about for a flagship product release. If it were more, I'm sure MS would tout their numbers.
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October 23, 2012 4:19:58 PM

BigMack70It's not that these tablets are bad, it's that tablets in general make no sense to me.


Without a keyboard, I'd agree with you, but with these convertibles, these can be used for many productivity types that focus on word processing and other simpler tasks. I could see this being very useful for presenting information on the go. Be it in home sales or even in a lot of mobile office tasks, and you can still type like normal.
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October 23, 2012 4:30:42 PM

skazI don't understand the RT version. Or I should say, I don't understand why people would buy the RT version. Unless, its because the consumer is uneducated about the limits of RT. RT just seems like a closed system.

It does what the iPad and every other tablet does, but more. You can actually use the Surface (or any RT tablet) for productivity because they all come with a full optimized version of Office 2013. That alone can cost over $100 dollars and even though it's coming to Android and iOS, it probably won't be as good as the one shaped around Windows RT. For consumers who just need the most basic of things - browsing, email, Office, entertainment (youtube, netflix, etc), and game apps (which there's little of but bound to grow), the Surface is pretty much perfect. Sure a laptop can do that among other things but for some a tablet that can do exactly what you do in a laptop is seem as more convenient
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October 24, 2012 4:07:50 AM

sold out ? really ? don't worry, just go for nexus 7 :p 
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