Microsoft has unleashed its Windows 8 hardware on Twitter by opening up the @Surface account. Surface Windows 8 tablets from the software giant will be its first major leap into hardware for its Windows operating system, excluding mice, keyboards and other peripherals, of course.
So far the account has published two tweets, one linking followers to a playlist of Surface videos, which contains only one thus far - it's the original video we all witnessed earlier in the year showing off what appeared to be a unique Windows 8 tablet of some sort - while the other promotes the music used in the Surface video.
Should you have only just emerged from your rock, Microsoft plans to launch two Surface Windows tablets. One running Windows RT and the other sporting Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft is set to unveil Windows Phone later this month, and we can expect to be able to witness Windows 8 announcements that should be coupled with Surface.
We're still unsure as to where and when Surface hardware will be made available, though reports have been flooding in that Suning will be distributing the tablets in China, which gives hope that major retailers across the world could well be the places to check out for Microsoft's latest products.
Former Microsoft employee Charlie Kindel has explained how "Surface is not a business", and the company is simply showing OEM partners how Windows 8 tablets should be created, as well as showing off stunning hardware and software combinations to competitors.
One thing's for sure - we can all expect to see some Surface magic soon enough. Be sure to follow @Surface on Twitter for announcements, updates and possible future competitions.
Thanks, Getintothegame, for the heads up!
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Bring it on!
I don't know if Surface is still a beacon to Microsoft's hardware partners to show them what can be done anymore. https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... now says Devices | Services. If Surface takes off, then it's a business.
We'll have to see what comes next after Surface, it's going to be an interesting 2013 to see how Microsoft progresses regarding hardware.
It is a business. Microsoft said they aren't planning on selling more than few million yet they are putting hell lot of money into advertising it AND, what's even bigger proof, they are advertising it around the world - not in US only. That means they gave chance to partners, they screwed up with RT devices (nothing compelling imo; x86 is other topic) and Microsoft is pushing Surface RT with full force now. Surface Pro will not be advertised that much on the other hand. x86 market will be left to OEMs while ARM will be dominated by Microsoft.
I disagree! I find the RT much more compelling than the pro! RT is the perfect lite tablet device for people who want it as a large media player and internet slab. You get all the fun and the little work provided by office in a cheaper lighter tablet device. If I were getting a full x86 device I want a physical keyboard dock (not flimsy attachment). Perfect RT device imo is the Surface RT
Perfect Pro device imo is the Asus Taichi
DAMNIT MICROSOFT release the Surface already and take my money!!!!
+1 (on both the LOL and the Take My Money!)
Yep, the whole "it's not a business" is the company line that Microsoft has told its employees to take so that OEM's don't abandon their efforts and so that the competition continues to underestimate them as a device company. They know what they're doing and it's more commonly known as "hedging your bets". ;-)
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