Microsoft Introduces Surface Pro 3, Pressing On in Its Attempt to Unseat the iPad
Microsoft exec Panos Panay with the Surface Pro 3. (Microsoft)
NEW YORK –– Microsoft is hoping the third time will be the charm for its attempt to break into the tablet market.
At a press event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, the third in its line of tablets that aim to serve as a device for both entertainment and for your work. The company proclaimed that the Surface Pro 3 is “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” a clear dig at Apple’s iPad, and perhaps, too, the general impression that tablets can’t do the job of a laptop computer for daily work.
Surface Pro 3 (left) and Surface Pro 2 (right). (Microsoft)
The Surface Pro 3 runs a full version of Windows 8, meaning that owners can run desktop Windows apps like the Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps made for tablets. Buyers can also purchase an attachable keyboard and mouse to transform the Surface into a more traditional laptop.
Microsoft exec Panos Panay said the Surface Pro 3 was faster, thinner, and lighter than the Surface Pro 2. The screen is also larger, increasing in size from 10.6 inches to the more laptop-like 12 inches. The Surface Pro 3’s built-in kickstand is also far more flexible, working with a movable hinge that makes it possible to view the screen from almost any angle and to use the Surface on one’s lap.
And while it may be tempting to compare the Surface Pro 3 to the iPad, it is clear from onstage remarks that Microsoft views its competitor as the MacBook Pro and other laptops. It hopes that its Pro 3 laptop will be viewed as an all-in-one device, serving the function of both laptop and tablet “without compromise.”
(We’ll have a review up within the coming weeks to tell you whether it meets that lofty goal.)
The Surface Pro 3 arrives with an improved kickstand. (Yahoo Tech)