Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro coming in January, priced from $899

Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro coming in January, priced from 9

It's been a busy day for Microsoft news, but it ends (at least for us in the UK, anyway) with the emergence of a fairly significant bit of info: the price and release date of the Surface for Windows Pro tablet.

There will be two versions of the full-fat Surface to choose from – a 64GB model going for $899 and a 128GB option for $999, and Microsoft has revealed they will be available from January.

The news comes via a post on the the Official Microsoft Blog from Surface general manager Panos Panay, who revealed that the Windows 8 Pro-infused Surface would be sold with a Surface pen in the box for some stylus stylings, but that – as with the Surface for Windows RT – you'll have to pay extra for a Touch Cover or Type Cover.

Panay didn't specify international prices, but expect something around the £800 entry point once the details become clear. We're seriously hoping, while we're at it, that the January launch timeframe counts for us too, and not just the US market.

The Surface for Windows 8 Pro is set to be a pivotal product for Microsoft and Windows 8. The lower end mobile tablet market (at which the lesser Surface for Windows RT is pitched) may represent a huge growth area in the world of computing, while the traditional PC market is still going to be responsible for the vast majority of Windows 8 licences sold over the next few years. The Surface for Windows 8 Pro, however, falls into neither camp.

Instead it's the embodiment of everything Microsoft seems fervently to believe the tablet market should represent: true desktop-level performance, productivity and functionality, but in a fully mobile package.

It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, a full HD 10.6in display, and runs the same version of the Windows operating software Microsoft is pushing at traditional PC “power-users” and businesses.

The big question, of course, is whether the price tag will be cheap enough to appeal to either camp. Established PC types might balk at paying that sort of price for what they see as a “stripped down” device (regardless of what Microsoft claims).

Established tablet users, on the other hand, will argue that the rapid uptake and deployment of tablets like the iPad in the business environment over the past couple of years proves that Microsoft is trying to push an outdated (and overpriced) concept of the mobile productivity device on a market that's already moved on.

Will those voices carry the strongest? Will the Surface sink below the waves? We'll find out in January.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 20:06

So, the 64GB will have what? 40GB user-available storage?

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 21:02

Likely less I would guess.

jaybear88  Nov. 29, 2012 at 21:56

$899 = £561

64gb windows 8 surface = £561
64gb iPad = £559

Why would you want an iPad?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:04

$899 = £561

64gb windows 8 surface = £561
64gb iPad = £559

Why would you want an iPad?

$899 may well equate to £561, that's without 20% VAT or the inevitable extra cost of buying one in the UK rather than in the US.

It'll be at least £700 here in Britian, if not more.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:05

Well firstly I'll bet it isn't 561. Secondly 64gb ipad will have about 58gb available, 64gb windows 8 surface maybe less than 40gb, thirdly weight, battery life, more software designed specifically for it, can actually check them out in stores, image..

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:12

£719 for the 64gb and £799 for the 128gb. Judging by RT price atlantic conversion...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:32

For the money you can buy an Acer 5745PG with touch and some budget Android tab...
Just saying.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:36

Or a ipad 3 and basic i5 laptop

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:38

Yes: and the $899 doesn't include the keyboard, muchachos ;) And considering the heft of Windows 8, I reckon the battery won't last 10 hours - though, hey...I'm just guessing.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:46

half the battery life of the RT MS say apparently....

So about 4-5 hours.

I might get one when they discount to about €350...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:51

half the battery life of the RT MS say apparently....

So about 4-5 hours.

I might get one when they discount to about €350...

Prolly in time for Easter, so...

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:55

A v. early birthday present then. Be a step up from the netbook anyway, except the screen size and storage.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:03

Anyway... I got a copy of Win 8, and - omg - gave it another try. Sorry: it's awful.
I cannot imagine actually using it. I can live with XP and the odd bout with Win 7 - even Vista. But Windows 8 seems to require a gene combo that I just can't stir up.

nutnut  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:53

Anyway... I got a copy of Win 8, and - omg - gave it another try. Sorry: it's awful.
I cannot imagine actually using it. I can live with XP and the odd bout with Win 7 - even Vista. But Windows 8 seems to require a gene combo that I just can't stir up.


From what I have read you click one metro, cube whatever the **** they are called and you get a normal desktop, is that not case? Wondering whether to get my 14.99 upgrade from win 7

SwagDaddy  Nov. 30, 2012 at 09:16

I'd rather buy an iPad.

Smegger  Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:26

From what I have read you click one metro, cube whatever the **** they are called and you get a normal desktop, is that not case?

Yeah Win8 has a desktop mode which is pretty much identical to Win7 with one exception... there's no Start button so you have to press the Start key on your keyboard to launch anything! Very annoying.

There's a way round it though, with a little program called Start8 (costs $5) which adds in a Start button styled in a Win8 fashion. With that Win8 is usable again and worth the upgrade as it has some useful improvements.

Stelph  Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:42

So, the 64GB will have what? 40GB user-available storage?

From what ive read online about the Acer W510 (a clovertrail tablet/lartop) Windows 8 takes up about 9GB of HDD with all bloatware removed.

Im not that excited about the Surface Pro TBH but I am really keen on the Acer w510. Although it has a weaker Clovetrail processor it is powerful enough to run basic tasks and seems to rattle along quite nicely in reviews/videos ive seen, plus does have the Acer battery keyboard dock which means Acer quotes it as 18 hours worth of battery. Its also lighter and thinner than the ipad 4 and has USB, SD, HDMI all built in and looks to be appearing for around £500 so similar in price to the iPad 32GB but including the dock

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/iconia-tab-w

I just wish someone would stock the blinking thing...

AhmadCentral  Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:44

I agree, used windows 8 for 2 days and by the end of it I was about to throw my pc out the window. Its not a desktop OS. Xp. And 7 are much better.

Stelph  Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:54

I agree, used windows 8 for 2 days and by the end of it I was about to throw my pc out the window. Its not a desktop OS. Xp. And 7 are much better.

Im quite happy to be corrected but I agree that its not a desktop OS but more a tablet/desktop OS, I can see how its ideal situtaion would be in a tablet that can be docked so you get the benefit of Metro that isnt metro when its a tablet, but dock it and its a full desktop. To me thats what power users have been calling out for from the tablet scene for a long time

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:36

I agree, used windows 8 for 2 days and by the end of it I was about to throw my pc out the window. Its not a desktop OS. Xp. And 7 are much better.

Im quite happy to be corrected but I agree that its not a desktop OS but more a tablet/desktop OS, I can see how its ideal situtaion would be in a tablet that can be docked so you get the benefit of Metro that isnt metro when its a tablet, but dock it and its a full desktop. To me thats what power users have been calling out for from the tablet scene for a long time


Sure, but leave the Metro apps and 'homescreen' and it's totally crap for touch-only use.
It's a compromise between 2 approaches, and both are, well, compromised.
IMHO it is the worst piece of software on the paid side of KIES. Ever.
I wouldn't use it if I was paid for every click and slide...

Pondlife  Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:52

So, the 64GB will have what? 40GB user-available storage?

From what ive read online about the Acer W510 (a clovertrail tablet/lartop) Windows 8 takes up about 9GB of HDD with all bloatware removed.

I just wish someone would stock the blinking thing...


And a nice low res screen to use, no thanks...

Stelph  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:51

So, the 64GB will have what? 40GB user-available storage?

From what ive read online about the Acer W510 (a clovertrail tablet/lartop) Windows 8 takes up about 9GB of HDD with all bloatware removed.

I just wish someone would stock the blinking thing...


And a nice low res screen to use, no thanks...


I am very much sold on the idea that its the quality of the screen rather than the resolution. Its a higher res than the iPad 2 and the iPad mini, and when I had my iPad 2 and held it side by side with the iPad 3 I struggled to see any benefit of the newer screen at all, just didnt get what the hype was all about

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