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New Microsoft Surface Video Ditches the Dancing

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Microsoft's newest video lets us get to know the Surface a little bit better.

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its first TV commercial for the Microsoft Surface. The ad featured a lot of clicking and a lot of dancing, and didn't do much to explain what the Surface actually was. Luckily, Microsoft has released a second video that gives a little bit more insight into what Surface actually is. While the clicking is still present, there's no dancing this time around, and Microsoft talks more about the features and capabilities of the device.

While the first Microsoft Surface ad was fun and energetic, it didn't offer the consumer much in the way of information. Is it a tablet or a laptop? Can I use it for work? How is it different to an iPad? If you went to the Surface URL provided at the end of the spot, you would have gotten answers to those questions. However, that kind of strategy banks on the viewer being intrigued enough to actively go searching for more information. And that's a lot to ask right off the bat.

This new video does a much better job at showing users what Surface is about. It highlights important aspects of the Surface, offering information on the different covers, the operating system, and functionality.

Check it out below and let us know what you think:

Microsoft Surface Overview

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    jacobdrj , October 18, 2012 7:09 PM
    Very informative.

    Does this mean that Office will be included with RT? That might make it worth it for a lot of business/school applications, rather than getting a 300 dollar laptop that is great, but doesn't include industry-standard office suite (or only has a 60 day trial).
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    jacobdrj , October 18, 2012 7:09 PM
    Very informative.

    Does this mean that Office will be included with RT? That might make it worth it for a lot of business/school applications, rather than getting a 300 dollar laptop that is great, but doesn't include industry-standard office suite (or only has a 60 day trial).
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    zorky9 , October 18, 2012 7:17 PM
    I am kinda disappointed at the pricing. The Touch Cover has been one of its key user experience attribute and main selling point, but is not included in the $499 price tag.
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    Yuka , October 18, 2012 7:17 PM
    That's a much better commercial for a product aimed at "productivity".

    Good one, MS.

    Now, that being said, I'll wait for some patches and fixes before jumping on board Win8, hehe.

    Cheers!
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    mynameis1 , October 18, 2012 7:24 PM
    the touch cover/with flat keyboard is included you have to pay extra for the touch plus keyboard.
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    mynameis1 , October 18, 2012 7:24 PM
    much better video then the stupid bollywood style dancing..
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    falchard , October 18, 2012 7:27 PM
    Surface: IT HAS A KEYBOARD AND INPUT DEVICES!
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    Niavlys77 , October 18, 2012 7:36 PM
    jacobdrjVery informative. Does this mean that Office will be included with RT? That might make it worth it for a lot of business/school applications, rather than getting a 300 dollar laptop that is great, but doesn't include industry-standard office suite (or only has a 60 day trial).


    Yes, RT comes with Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote I believe is what's included). The other versions of Windows 8 won't come with Office.
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    zorky9 , October 18, 2012 7:40 PM
    mynameis1the touch cover/with flat keyboard is included you have to pay extra for the touch plus keyboard.

    Touch cover is $120 extra, Type cover $130 extra.
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    belardo , October 18, 2012 7:52 PM
    merball"Surface is yours, your way of playing, your way of connecting etc." -- unless you are using Windows 8 on a PC, then it's OUR way to stuff Surface's UI up your butt.

    Use Windows R8PE today. Its not legitimate r8pe because you paid for it.

    I'm also thinking that some people are thinking "What the hell is Windows RT? What does RT stand for? Real Turd? Real Trash?"
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 8:16 PM
    Offer me a tablet with an Intel i5, 4+GB RAM and 128GB SSD at a reasonable price and I'll willingly kick my Android tablet (toy) to the curb. I'm a software developer who wants to scratch out code, manage databases, edit/create media and watch Netflix from one device that I can easily take with me wherever I go. If the Surface Pro is executed well Microsoft will make a helluva lot of cash from professionals similar to me.
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    deadlockedworld , October 18, 2012 8:24 PM
    jacobdrjVery informative. Does this mean that Office will be included with RT? That might make it worth it for a lot of business/school applications, rather than getting a 300 dollar laptop that is great, but doesn't include industry-standard office suite (or only has a 60 day trial).


    Yes.
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    esrever , October 18, 2012 8:28 PM
    There is something good that could be said for a commercial that actually has decent information in it, too bad these are so far and in between.
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    mynameis1 , October 18, 2012 8:36 PM
    but it says the offfice is a preview edition ?
    i guess we won't really know until its all released.. i am looking for to it.
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    ojas , October 18, 2012 8:42 PM
    jacobdrjVery informative. Does this mean that Office will be included with RT? That might make it worth it for a lot of business/school applications, rather than getting a 300 dollar laptop that is great, but doesn't include industry-standard office suite (or only has a 60 day trial).

    Yeah it will.
    But.
    My problems with the RT:
    1. $100+ bucks for a cover/keyboard???
    2. Proprietary HD out connector, "sold separately"
    3. I'm not sure how good the "touch cover" will be for typing, and how much does the "type cover" cost?

    Seeing that they're selling the surface RT at a profit, i think you should have got the full package (choice of touch/type cover + the HD out connector) at $550.

    I think the Pro model is brilliant by comparison, if its battery can offer 8 hours of work (note making, reading, video playback, occasional word processing, giving presentations, etc). And yes, if it sells for $800 WITH the cover.

    I mean, the pro has USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, the stylus/digital pen/whatever they're calling it is included, too. And an IVB i5, 4GB RAM, a 1080p display, slightly heavier but i couldn't really care.
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    ojas , October 18, 2012 8:43 PM
    mynameis1but it says the offfice is a preview edition ?i guess we won't really know until its all released.. i am looking for to it.

    Yeah it's preview ed till the full suite is ready to be released, and people will get a free upgrade.
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    mynameis1 , October 18, 2012 8:52 PM
    thanks ojas !
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    wannabepro , October 18, 2012 8:55 PM
    Much less depressing.
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    RabidFace , October 18, 2012 9:01 PM
    falchardSurface: IT HAS A KEYBOARD AND INPUT DEVICES!

    This made my day. Thank you.
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