March 25, 2013

Coming to the Surface

One of the last success stories before the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs was the iPad, and it quickly became a sensation in both the consumer and  the business marketplace. Just like the PC revolution back in the 80s, Apple wouldn't stand alone for long. In this case, Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet into the marketplace  late in 2012.

Microsoft Surface was the first piece of hardware directly commissioned by Microsoft, a complete reversal of the previous practice of leveraging OEM manufacturers to build hardware to the specs required. Possibly the previous failures of other devices and partnerships led Microsoft to making this move. No matter how they got there, what they did do is unfurl a new flag of power above the tablet war battleground.

The first Surface models released in 2012 ran the older Windows RT Operating System and didn't do much to bedazzle the inundated tablet marketplace. However that all changed with the release of the Surface Pro. The specs for this tablet (found here) are similar to a laptop with features such as an Intel Core i5 processor and the add-on touch cover. The cover comes in two types; a touch-sensitive keyboard and a standard button-style keyboard. What is really cool is the Pro's included Surface pen, and it really allows for true write to text usability. If the stylus can read my handwriting, then it must be pretty flexible!

Even with a daunting price tag of $1,000+ including the cover and 128 GB of storage, you do get a whole lot with the Surface Pro and there will be many users who decide to use this device as their main mobile computing resource. So what happens when SMB organizations decide to implement multiple mobile devices into everyday work environments? There are BIG ramifications to that, and next month I will discuss Mobile Device Management and the new acronym BYOD.

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