The much awaited market rivalry between Surface and ipad seems to have taken a favourable end for the former
Windows 8 comes embedded with Microsoft Surface, Asus, Acer and Sony.
Despite of cynics giving it a stringent look, the loyal Microsoft fans couldn't hold on their desperation any more and decided to check the latest offerings themselves. The huge crowd gathered around the counters and advocated Microsoft's undisputed stature in IT.
The Microsoft stores witnessed consistent pouring in of curious minds dying to check out the latest Surface device. Adding to the party, was the newly developed Windows RT operating system, specially crafted for the hand held gadgets.
Responding to the cynics that alleged 'unusable' Surface keypad, customers were rather amazed to see the sleek 30 mm keypad. According to one of the visitors, 'the keypad was far from unusable and superior to the concept of virtual keypads any day.'
Moreover, the makers have rolled out an alternate for the ones not that impressed by the keypad. A regular keyboard, that fits exactly, is more responsive and durable.
The splurging of crowd was justified for the stores shelves displayed other Windows tablets, besides the one with Ms label. These were Asus, Acer, and Sony clamshell laptops -- all touch capable.
This throws a strict challenge over Apple's ipad Mini and Mackbook. New touch-capable Windows 8 laptops, like the razor-thin $1,299 Acer Aspire S7 (it boasts a 13.3-inch 1,920x1,080 display), are very capable rivals to the MacBook Air.
Other less expensive touch-screen laptops too, like the $699 Acer Aspire V5 and the $549 Asus VivoBook X202E.
The Intel version with Windows 8 Pro, weighs 2 pounds and only 0.53 inches thick, has a 10.6-inch 1,920x1,080 display, Mini DisplayPort, 4GB of memory, up to 128GB of solid-state drive storage, and a Core i5 chip.
It was an interesting sight to see so many excited eyes exploring the gadgets and throwing in stampede of questions. Microsoft gambled it smartly, at first the way they had built the hype for Windows 8 months back and then surprised everybody with an additional Windows RT.
Users had been waiting for the devices eagerly, that seem to meet no end and pose unexpected competition for the already fuming rivalry with Apple.