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Microsoft teases Surface Pro and Surface RT tablet refresh

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Microsoft has confirmed that it will be refreshing its Surface Windows 8 tablet range over the coming 12 months.

The company has been outlining its plans for 2013 and beyond at its Worldwide Partner Conference this week, and the company's tablet plans have been briefly touched upon.

Microsoft's chief operating office Kevin Turner revealed a slide that acted as a loose update roadmap for the coming year. Among the various Skypes and Bings, there were four entries for Surface.

One of these Surface entries promised an "Update to Surface RT," while another mentioned an "Update to Surface Pro." The other two Surface entry concerned "New accessories" and "New accessory colours."

This would seem to confirm that there will be new versions of Microsoft's two Windows 8 tablets over the coming months. The Surface Pro only launched in February of this year, but the Surface RT launched in October 2012, so we could see a new version hitting shops in just a couple of months.

Just last month it was rumoured that Microsoft would be refreshing the Surface RT with Snapdragon 800 CPUs, pointing to the first 4G-capable Microsoft tablet.

On the Surface Pro front, Microsoft could well incorporate Intel's new power-efficient Haswell processor, which has been appearing in recent Ultrabooks.

Both tablets will feature Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 OS, which will reinstate the famous Start button and boast a bunch of new usability tweaks and fresh native applications.

Next, find out more about the new features of Windows 8.1.

Via: The Verge

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Brian O'Neill

July 11, 2013, 10:42 am

You can't polish a turd. You would need to be barmy to buy a windows RT tablet over an ipad. The ipad is the same price, a better device and tons more apps.

I am a windows guy, I am running windows 8 on my desktop and laptop, but I have an ipad and iphone because they are simply the best tablet and phone.

I tried 8.1, the changes are minor and no way will it make a difference to the surface sales.

The Pro version of the tablet is interesting, but at the moment an ultrabook is more usable.

placid causal

July 11, 2013, 11:14 am

You probably could if you froze it first

dgrantuk

July 11, 2013, 11:29 am

Agree. The price point was always the issue with RT tablets as well as
the lack of apps. They're trying to copy Apple obviously and many people thought the iPad was too expensive when that launched - but v4 being the same price as v1 makes it all the more an attractive alternative - if you can live in the Apple garden that is. Maybe they realise they can't polish it so are trying to cover it in glitter...

Brad Hendrickson

July 11, 2013, 4:09 pm

I'm fully integrated in Microsoft (Win8 ultrabook, Windows phone 8, Skydrive, Xbox and Xbox music...) and I bought the Surface tablet right when it came out. I wanted to love it, but I really couldn't for reasons you mentioned. The only great thing about it was the form factor (the built in stand was awesome) and the snap in keyboard. Those two things did not make up for the terrible resolution, slow speed, lack of apps, etc. I ended up selling my Surface a month ago =(

I'm still waiting for a great Windows 8 tablet.

Keith Johnson

July 11, 2013, 10:15 pm

The pro version has a huge benefit which is greatly overlooked and not spoken of in marketing of the tablet. It is the only tablet to offer pressure sensitive pen controls. This is a huge selling point and the reason I spent the money on the pro surface. IPad and android devices have great drawing apps but no pressure sensitivity and weird rubber nub pens are a pain. Having a all in one tablet and something comparable to a high end Wacom or cintique is priceless. Microsoft should try and market this to graphic designers and digital artists as about 99% of consumers have no clue.

Kayode Olaosebikan

July 15, 2013, 1:34 pm

I love Microsoft Surface but did not buy it because it doesn't have mobile network connectivity like 3G or 4G, only Wifi. To me this is a big let down and until Microsoft integrate this features into Surface, I don't see myself buying it

Ross

September 15, 2013, 6:45 pm

That's a foolish statement. And pretty suggestive. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but you make it seem like yours is the only that matters. End rant.

In my opinion the windows tablets have a huge advantage over apple in that they are full Microsoft office compatible. This is the biggest thing for me. If you want a tablet to play games and take pictures than by all means go with an iPad. But as far as functionality and usefulness goes in a business or any type of professional setting, surface is far better.

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