Microsoft finally disclosed that Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in January, at $899 for the 64GB version or $100 more for the 128GB version. Those prices are for the tablet and Surface Pen only, although both models work with the optional Touch Cover or Type Cover attachable keyboard/covers.
The release of the Windows 8 Pro models, with their improved specifications, should go some way toward clarifying its differences between the current Surface with Windows RT models. Many consumers were confused that the initial Surface devices did not run Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft refuses to call Surface a tablet, instead describing it as “a full PC AND a tablet.” This is probably to deflect criticisms of the price when compared to Apple’s iPad and other tablets, but the redefinition of the term is slightly defensible: it’s designed to work with enterprise uses, plus Surface with Windows 8 Pro comes with Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor, a USB 3.0 port, and a Mini DisplayPort for driving an external display up to 2560×1440 resolution.
Panos Panay (pictured), general manager of Microsoft Surface, noted in a blog post that Surface with Windows 8 Pro also supports the Surface Pen. “This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitizing technology we’re calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write,” he wrote. “This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed.”
Microsoft blog – Next Up for the Surface Family: Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing
Surface – http://surface.com
Wall Street Journal – Microsoft Prices Surface Pro Tablet
Photo of Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface, courtesy of Microsoft