Top Tech News

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Tech Leaders
Barium Ferrite (BaFe):
Higher Capacity, Superior
Performance, Longer Archival Life

www.thefutureoftape.com
Thursday, April 17th 
Real-time info services with Neustar
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Network Security
Tech Trends
Cloud Computing
Hardware
Applications
Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac
Mobile Tech
World Wide Web
Big Data
Communications
Hackers
Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source
Personal Tech
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Microsoft/Windows

Will Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Outsell the First?

Will Microsoft
September 23, 2013 1:47PM

Bookmark and Share
Microsoft has positioned the old Surface Pro as the baseline model without a significant step down in price. Given the new hardware specs of the next-generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, most people won't take a step down to save a few dollars, said Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft.

Barium Ferrite Is The Future Of Tape: Barium Ferrite (BaFe) offers greater capacity, superior performance, and longer archival life compared to legacy metal particle (MP) tape. Click here to learn more.

Microsoft is hoping the second time is the charm. Redmond has announced two new Surface models -- Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 -- and a broader portfolio of accessories to go along with them, including new Touch Covers, docking stations and car chargers.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 both promise "significant updates." Those updates include more processing power, longer battery life, better display and camera resolution.

Plus, the differentiating Kickstand now offers dual angles that aim to make it more comfortable to use on your lap or at your desk. And enhancements to Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 more customizable.

Microsoft is also offering some perks to customers who buy the new tablets. For example, customers who purchase the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2s or Surface Pro 2s at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.

Better Across the Board Specs

Specs-wise, Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother and increasing battery life to up to 10 hours for video playback. The Surface 2 Pro offers a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor to deliver better performance and up to 60 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro.

The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for watching TV shows and movies, and its full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers.

Each new tablet offers a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featuring improved low-light performance. Despite more horsepower, the Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The new Xbox Music lets you stream millions of songs for free, and an updated video app and games from the Windows Store such as "Halo: Spartan Assault," also come pre-installed. For business users, the tablet comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 2013 RT.

A Better Laptop Replacement

We asked Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, for his take on the new Surface tablets. He told us not much has changed on the strategy front. Microsoft has positioned the old Surface Pro as the baseline model without a significant step down in price. Given the new hardware specs, he said he doesn't expect folks to take a step down to save a few dollars.

"When you look at the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has counteracted anybody who looked at the first generation and said why didn't they have Haswell. More importantly, by increasing both the performance and battery life I think it's better value for your dollar than you got before. But it's still a premium," Miller said.

"If people weren't buying the Surface Pro because the first generation couldn't perform or wasn't a suitable workstation or high-end laptop replacement, they might be incentivized now," he added. "But that's not the general market."

The new tablets will be available in most markets Oct. 22. Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations, with prices starting at $449.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Microsoft/Windows
1. Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes
2. China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal
3. Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP
4. Against a Wall, Some Buy XP Support
5. Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
3. $200 'Micro' 3D Printer Earns Big on Kickstarter
4. Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive Offered for Enterprise Data Centers
5. Google Video Shows Off Modular Project Ara Phone


Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
  Mark Hurd's 5 Keys to Market Success
  Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
  Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
  How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise Hardware
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.
 

Navigation
Top Tech News
Home/Top News | Network Security | Tech Trends | Cloud Computing | Hardware | Applications | Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac | Mobile Tech | World Wide Web | Big Data | Communications | Hackers | Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Top Tech News. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.