Microsoft released Windows 8 along with their Surface tablet on October 26, 2012. Windows 8 is a great departure from Windows of the past, building true touch into the Windows operating system. I have used Windows 8 on a laptop for months now, and I really like it. There are a lot of differences at first glance, but Windows 8 includes a traditional desktop along with the new Windows 8 UI, so you get the best of both worlds.
Surface is Microsoft’s take on a Windows 8 tablet. The first Surface tablet released runs Windows RT, which isn’t the traditional Windows 8 experience. In Windows RT, there are no traditional Windows applications (PhotoShop, SMART, Promethean, etc.) available to run…Windows just doesn’t allow it. Just as Apple makes you install apps through the App Store, Windows 8 includes a Windows Store, and that is where you get your apps for Windows RT.
My favorite thing, in theory, about the Surface RT tablet is it comes with full Office. In the classroom, especially secondary classrooms, having full Office is incredibly important in my mind.
The size and battery life of Surface is supposedly very good, and all early reviews say the build quality is excellent. The Surface has an available Touch Cover and Type Cover, taking Apple’s Smart Cover and adding a real keyboard on it. I’m excited about this as well.
My Surface RT arrives today. I hope to get my first thoughts posted pretty soon, so if there are things you want me to specifically comment on, let me know in the comments.