Microsoft’s Tablet: The Surface

The big tech news yesterday was that Microsoft entered the tablet market. They announced their new product, the Surface, that acts as a combination laptop and tablet. In fact, their Pro model will run Windows 8 and should act just like a PC. The most unique feature is that The Surface has a cover with a full keyboard.

As this was Microsoft’s first reveal, we unfortunately didn’t get any of the details that really matter. That means we don’t know the price or release date, but the actual device does look decently cool. Some competition to Apple’s iPad will be nice, but I still don’t understand why people like having a tablet.

Between this and my MacBook Pro why do I need a new tablet?

I own a laptop and a Kindle Fire, so I’m not really sure what additional functionality a tablet like The Surface will offer me, but maybe some of you iPad owners can let me know what the appeal is.

As a gamer I’m curious to see what additional gameplay it can offer. I’m sure you can log into Xbox Live, and if it’s a fully functional PC you can actually play real PC games. But questions remain. Will Steam work with it? Will it be a true PC gaming option? Again, how much will it cost?

Can Microsoft do cool things with The Surface and SmartGlass?

Also, with the announcement of SmartGlass at their E3 conference, I’m sure there will be quite a bit of integration between the Xbox 360 and The Surface. Will this allow for gameplay on the 360/720 that resembles what we’re starting to see on the Wii U? Only time will tell.

Let me know what you think of The Surface. Are you excited about it? Will you buy it? Am I totally missing something with the Tablet craze? Let me know in the comments!

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