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Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro Debut Set

posted Friday Jan 25, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro Debut Set

Since the announcement for the Microsoft Surface Windows RT availability, the question on everyone's mind was, "When will we see the Pro version?" Both devices were announced simultaneously, yet it is a full quarter later and we still don't have the high-end version of the device. While that is not exactly pleasant, we do have some good news to share: we have a launch date.

Surface Windows 8 Pro will officially be available in the US and Canada on February 9, just in time for Valentine's Day. So, what is so special about the Pro edition? The fact that it is a full computer: Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 8 application support, as well as classic desktop applications, which the RT edition cannot run. In addition, the Pro will come with a Surface pen, an enhanced stylus with Palm Block technology, is included, making it a great art device as well. With a stylus and a full version of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, an artist can be creative anywhere they are.

There are more cool attachments and photos of the collection after the break.

The most interesting addition to the surface family is the new Touch Covers (photo 5 below). One of the things that bothered me most about the original launch of the Touch Covers was the lack of designs. Sure, there are colors, but Windows 8 and RT support the ability for textured Start screens; there should have been textured keyboards to go with it. Well, Microsoft agrees and has launched three new limited edition textured keyboards.

The tablet will be available starting at $899 and the Touch Covers will retail for $129, the same price as the standard covers.


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