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Here's more on Microsoft's Surface Tablet. I gotta say, as a Windows Systems Admin, this could come in handy. Given it's Microsoft and I use all Microsoft Products, I could really actually use a tablet to admin my company. I'm not a huge fan of tablets, but this one seems like it could really work for me.

If you think it's a copy of the iPad - see my last post. While the iPad is a pretty solid device, it does nothing that I need it to do. I can't type on a screen too well (still struggling with my Galaxy Nexus) and I need to type random characters quickly like msiexec /i \\server\fasjfasd\asdasr\etwdg\file.msi /qn or whatever. I'll be keeping an eye on this bad boy. 
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I like this style that Microsoft is previewing to us, I too have big issues typing out on a touchscreen, the screen cover doubling as a keyboard is a big sold factor for me.
 
How come when I read "this could come in handy", I think of you raging and slapping someone upside their head with it?
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+Turd Ferguson How so? They're putting a Desktop OS (Windows 8) on a tablet with a keyboard and mouse. I don't like tablets, but I travel a lot. I have a Folio 13 right now which is tiny. But I'd love to just take a tablet with me that has VPN access and my AD tools on it. 
 
Combining an awesome OS with both desktop and tablet support is amazing. I'm impressed with Windows 8, I'm buying one to replace my laptop. Might wait for a second generation though.
 
I love the concept.  I give zero fucks about Windows 8 on my current laptop because the lack of a touch screen and no Start menu make it really difficult on a touchpad (although programs like Launchy help with that).

Since I'd have to upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out or go back to 7, I think I just might get one of these tablets instead... pending good reviews.
 
I like what I have seen so far.  However, I think Microsoft may have fumbled at the 2 yard line though.  They left out some very important details that would have assured them some guaranteed motivation.  Date of availability, battery life, and pricing are always the best way to close an presentation such as this.  Why are other companies outside of Apple so slow to catch on to this.  Apple never forgets this and is why they have droves of lines waiting on their product.  You need to take advantage of the moment you have everyone's ear.  Other than that, you basically just gave me a hand job when you really know what I really wanted.

I really want it to succeed though.  Lets hope they don't price themselves out the game and hope more apps, good relevant ones will be available during launch.  Without those, Apple and Google will mop them up again.
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Microsoft just teased it I don't think it's done yet. They have a bunch of Gen 0 hardware out there and are probably "Dog fooding" it right now with their employees. Apple has these extravagant events that bring all the boys to the yard... most aren't even techie people. This sparks my interests as I'm an Admin. But I understand what you're saying.

More details will come soon enough. They're saying the Pro Model has an i5 in it.
 
I like this tablet.  Microsoft looks like they have a winner with Windows 8.  If they can get the same look across all of their hardware options, (the Apple way) they might be a player in the market.  If i can use the tablet to talk to my xbox I am in.
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+Michael Gallegos I'm sure you'll be able to. And since it's x86 and not ARM that means 90% of my apps will work on it natively (I say 90 because I'm not sure about comparability on win8)
 
I am no longer an Admin, so I have no idea what application would be needed to run a network.
 
I was pretty stoked to see this until the article mentioned it was ARM based and wont run PC apps at launch. That's the one Ace card I think Microsoft has to compete against Apple in areas that Apple is dominant.
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+Mathew Smith Well, they have another one that will be an Intel i5 CPU which will make it x86 and not ARM (that model at least).  I could be mistaken, but iirc Intel i5 was x86
 
My companies IT dept is going nuts about this. They see the Surface Pro as laptop replacements. That's a pretty bold prediction but only time will tell. I love new tech and competition anyway so I am already in a happy place when I see all this.
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