Where oh where is the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet? For those still frantically trying to pin down a release date and wondering when the world will finally get its collective hands on the high-end Surface Pro, take a little cold comfort in knowing that Microsoft is apparently facing the same conundrum – they seem to have no idea.
The ongoing release date delays have apparently thrown Microsoft’s overall tablet PC roadmap into abject chaos. According to industry sources claiming familiarity with the company’s plans, the departure of former chief Steven Sinofsky may in fact have something to do with the Surface Pro Tablet’s late arrival to the party.
When Microsoft unveiled its Surface Tablet project to the world earlier this year, both the Windows RT and full-fat Windows 8 Pro versions were showcased side by side. The Windows RT version began shipping on October 26th and is powered by ARM processors, which basically offer slightly reduced performance in the sake of better battery life and lower prices. The downside is that the RT version is unable to run many standard Windows application and is also incompatible with certain tools and security features.
And this is where the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet is supposed to be filling in the gaps, by offering a massive powerful alternative powered by Intel i5 processors and basically offering the full-on Windows 8 experience with all bells and whistles, only in Tablet PC form. This is the version of the Surface Tablet that was expected to rocket to success in the corporate world in particular, though has so far been unable to do so because for all intents and purposes it simply doesn’t exist yet.
So far, Microsoft has only been willing to state that the Surface Pro tablet release date will arrive in the next two-months or so – rather vague considering how vital it is to keep consumer interests peaked in the face of such stiff competition. They have also so far refused to confirm the reason for the delays.