Will Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet be a game changer? Is it really a laptop disguised as a tablet? Why all the hype about yet another entre into the “more crowded every day” tablet market?
These are the kind of questions surrounding the soon to be released Pro tablet and they are questions that are undoubtedly coveted by Microsoft. Most tablet related questions are about the specs. How fast, how heavy and how pretty is it?
And the pro is also about the specs but a bit more. As far as the specs go it does indeed resemble what you would find in a laptop. The dual core i5 processors provide 64 bit computing power for a truly powerful foundation. There will be a nice 1920×1080 display with ports to connect to external monitors. Speaking of ports there will be audio, micro SDXC slots and standard USB 3.0 as well. Connectivity options like these extend the value of a computing device and make it more comparable to that of a PC and laptop.
But whether the device is a game changer or not will depend on how it is used. Thus far tablets have primarily found their usage by those who want to surf the internet or watch movies or read books. Sure there are lots of other clever apps but business usage has also been limited to viewing information rather than creating it. Of course that is changing as the guys who cleaned my carpet also entered all of my info into their iPad on their last visit.
But hard core productive work like creating documents, updating spreadsheets and doing the work of business is only beginning to migrate in the tablet direction. The Surface Pro with familiar Windows applications and the power to drive those applications could be the magic combination to bring business to the tablet.