Microsoft has developed a Windows tablet computer of its own design –  Surface. The announcement of Surface tablets comes at a time when mobile devices security is on everyone’s mind.  Microsoft has not been synonymous with security for quite some time. At a conference that took place on June 19, 2012, Collin Davis, senior director of development for Symantec’s Norton line of security software, mentioned that so far it’s hard to say accurately what types of security concerns Windows RT devices might present going forward.

Microsoft wasn’t exactly forthcoming with its partners about its plans for the tablets. This move puts vendors like Acer, Asus, Samsung, Toshiba (all have Windows 8 based tablets in their workshops) in the unfavorable position of trying to top the high-profile Surface.

Two model versions of Surface expected to come out late this year.

Windows RT, due out this fall, will run the soon-to-be released Windows RT operating system, a tablet-based version of the Windows Phone OS. It will only run apps adapted for Microsoft’s tile-based “Metro” user interface.

Windows 8 Pro, a higher-end second Surface tablet (probably due out a few months after the first one) is expected to run the full Windows 8 operating system, also the not-yet-released.

Surface™ Features and Options

OS

Windows RT

Windows 8 Pro

Light1 Thin2 Clear

Energized

Connected

Productive

Practical

Configurable

676 g9.3 mm10.6″ ClearType HD Display

31.5 W-h

microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae

Office 15 Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover

VaporMg Case & Stand

32 GB, 64 GB

903 g13.5 mm10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display

42 W-h

microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae

Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block

VaporMg Case & Stand

64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft anticipates for actual size and weight of the devices to vary slightly due to configuration and manufacturing process.

Surface™ is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation, Features and Options details are © 2012 Microsoft

1Works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store. HD Video Out also requires the HD Digital AV Adapter (sold separately).Surface for Windows RT includes Office 15 Apps.

2Works exclusively with printers, mice, and keyboards certified for Windows RT.

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