News Slideshow: Microsoft's Surface Tablet: 10 Features CIOs Will Love
By Don Reisinger | Posted 06-20-2012
Microsoft has made a significant move in the tablet market, unveiling its Surface tablet on June 18. The device is designed to compete against Apple's iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, and others. No pricing has been announced yet. The product is expected to hit the market at the same time that Windows 8 is made commercially available, which is expected be in second-half 2012. It's also unclear what wireless connectivity options will be offered (3G? 4G? WiFi?). And, unlike all other Windows-based devices, this one is made by Microsoft, marking a significant departure from the company's past strategy. On paper, the Surface appears to be one of the more impressive tablets coming to store shelves. From a solid design to a 10.6-inch display, the Surface looks like it could go a long way in competing against the iPad. Furthermore, the device's great styling and unique cover could make anyone think twice about buying a new iPad. When it's all said and done, however, CIOs need to determine if the tablet is right for their enterprise and their employees. Does it come with the right features? Will it boast the right functionality? Although we don't have all the answers, a first look at the Surface indicates that it will be a top-notch offering for enterprise customers. It comes in with two OS options: Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. We're betting that most CIOs will want to get their hands on the Surface for Windows 8 Pro as soon as it launches. Here are 10 reasons why.
Windows 8 Pro
One of the best things about the Surface for Windows 8 Pro is that it runs a full version of Microsoft's new enterprise operating system. How many tablets can say that? With so many products featuring mobile operating systems, it's nice for CIOs to find one that offers a full OS.