Devon Life Business & Professional - Plymouth IT Company: Microsoft Tablet could be iPad Killer
PUBLISHED: 15:59 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:55 20 February 2013
A Plymouth IT support company is hailing Microsoft's new tablet computer, the Surface, as being the best for business and education use.
Plymouth IT Company: New Microsoft Tablet could be iPad Killer
A Plymouth IT support company is hailing Microsofts new tablet computer, the Surface, as being the best for business and education use.
Acronyms Ltd, based at Tamar Science Park, will supply the device to its customers after the release date on October 26th 2012.
Acronyms Ltd Managing Director Amos Swan says: The Surface represents a very well thought through and designed evolution of the tablet computer, and incorporates several features which will make it more flexible, easier to use and more practical than the iPad or other tablets.
Chief amongst these is that it has been designed by Microsoft to work with the Windows 8 operating system, which will be released at the same time. Software such as the Microsoft Office package is almost ubiquitous in the business environment, so work done on the Surface will transfer seamlessly between it and PCs back in the workplace, with none of the problems of compatibility encountered when trying to copy work from Mac or Android operating systems.
The Surface supports Flash so all websites and programmes which use it will present correctly on screen.
The Surface has some innovative physical design features. The tablet comes with a cover which incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard which is easier to use when typing and doesnt take up half the screen like virtual keyboards. Users can swap between keyboard and 10.6" touch screen operation instantly. Covers for other tablets, such as the Smart Cover for iPad 2, dont incorporate keypads and are only available at extra cost.
The back of the Surface has a kickstand which props the screen at a comfortable viewing angle, and the rear camera is angled so that when the stand is used it views the environment from a level position opening up possibilities for interactive conferencing in the classroom or boardroom.
Also in the box is a stylus which works with Digital Ink technology to make writing or drawing on the screen easy and accurate.
The Surface will come with different amounts of built in data storage capacity, up to 128GB, but it also has a range of expansion options including USB 3 ports on the pro version and Micro SD card compatibility (capable of up to 2Tb). There is a video output to run larger screens too.
Mr. Swan continues: "The Surface has finally bridged the gap between the portability of a tablet and the practicality of a laptop, as easy to carry and use as the former and as flexible and powerful as the latter.
It will also be attractively priced. In this case aggressive pricing by Microsoft reflects a desire to penetrate the market, not because of skimping on quality or features. We think The Surface will be a huge hit with leisure users and especially with businesses and educators."