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  1. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    See, though, I'm wondering how they come to the conclusion it isn't capable of driving that resolution. I've seen no problem driving video, upscaled or otherwise, and I don't have problem with webpages/etc. If you goal is to game, then yes, the processor and video card in it will not run say...
  2. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    They are wrong on most counts with the assessment on penny arcade. It's not the same processor. The i5-4300u is 300mhz faster clock, 100mhz faster gpu, offers new graphic shaders and a new memory management model. Everyone is free to an opinion but that is just factually wrong. The bump on...
  3. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Dell Drops WinRT, leaving Microsoft alone on that ledge. http://www.neowin.net/news/dell-drops-windows-rt-only-microsoft-remains-selling-the-os
  4. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    They need to unify RT with WP, period. Meanwhile, the Pro at it's new rate turned into ideal potential, I preordered one. (but I preorder everything, so) I think the hitch is that with intel's new Bay Trail, the life of RT is just.. what is the point. Just sack it and grab a bay trail and...
  5. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    We picked up a few of the Dell XPS WinRT, which they had on sale for $299. As a Point of Sale level device, they work well, you can easily get a thin client up and running from Citrix and pull up all your apps in a heartbeat. For those running Point of Sale, this works out pretty slick...
  6. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    You mean Small Business Server Premium. Home Server doesn't include any terminal services outside of administrative. FYI, I'd agree on the Lenovo. The Atom processor isn't the fastest in the world but people aren't going to be lighting up games. And for many games it's fine there too...
  7. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Dave- nope. You can't install the plugin in rt (yet). Updated plugin for rt not til summer so surfacert is out
  8. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I will try on my rt later and let you know but I think yes
  9. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Ah, that's kind of RDP, but you're really thinking of RWW (Remote Web Workspaces) as a client.. his office shouldn't require that if it gets VPN services up, he should be able to go direct to the PC, UNLESS they have it specifically blocked or it's using terminal services in his offices behind...
  10. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Your last comment is the one that would trouble MS most. The entire point of committing to keep the Windows name was to state that they had backwards compatibility through all software released on Windows. As far as a touch screen 24", there is, to me, still the same traditional use.. Point...
  11. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    The only advantage is that the codebase is all basically .NET, so you should be able to recompile, but yes, you've got it Dave. Look, the idea behind a Windows Tablet goes back a VERY long ways.. long before there was Ipad, there was WindowsXP Tablet Edition. And while they were consumer...
  12. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I'm not sure if you can consider WindowsPhone, which got much less promo, but moved (between HTC, Nokia and Samsung) about 7M units through (not to stores, activations) and bypassed RIM last quarter. Is it a serious challenger to Iphone/Android? Eh. But in comparison to past efforts, t ehir...
  13. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    The ad campaign, though, was also for advertising Windows8, the ads served dual purposes, so it's hard to assume it that way. One of MS's biggest problems is that the only way to get the surface was through them, or a Windows Store.. and guess what? Not a lot of people were near a Windows...
  14. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Ah, I see. ;) I think the one thing that is really at play here though is going to be the intent of the company to stick behind it; HP had absolutely no will at all to stand behind WebOS. And Blackberry royally screwed the Playbook. But the big thing that killed both of them really...
  15. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    See, I think I've pointed out that I've used almost everything I'm talking about. And, while I don't have a mini, I have an iPad2, and everyone here is in full agreement that they are spec wise identical, just a smaller body. By that, I'm not arguing that the unit is junk, I'm just saying...
  16. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    So, in other words, for a unit with considerably less screen and no new features, a $20 price difference seems "OK". (?) I'm just trying to figure this out when I can go grab the Fire or the Nexus for $100-$150 less and get more, in almost every category.
  17. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    A tad over priced? I can get a full iPad2 for $20 more at Microcenter. It has a slower processor and significantly lower resolution then the kindle fire or nexus. I get that it will fly off the shelves, but wow it comes across to me as one of those product that people will buy primarily...
  18. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Hanson- Have you tried or do you own either the Surface Pro or the Surface RT? I'm just wondering in regards to your sentiment. I will openly admit, I have one of both. I also have an iPad3 w/LTE, a Nexus7, and a Kindle FireHD 8.9, a Blackberry Playbook, and yes, I have several of...
  19. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Yeah, it's not comparable (Documents to Go) not even by a longshot.. The more I use this, the more I realize that there is a set of users who will go nuts over some of the elements. Throughout the day it seems as though more apps are being added to their store, so I think since tomorrow...
  20. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    It's Office RT. That having been said, so far I've had no difficulty opening/editing anything Office2010, so I don't know whether or not that makes enough of a difference. Yeah, the lack of CODECs is not so good so far; MKV doesn't play, and it doesn't want to grab some of my AVI's, etc. for...
  21. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I received mine today. I haven't had enough time to really play through it and get a feel. I have the keyboard. My gut feeling at this point is this: I like the hardware, a lot. The ease of connectivity with most of the things I care about (Exchange) is pretty flawless.. and it does work...
  22. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Like I said though, they aren't just paying google. They pay MS IP royalties - almost every one of them. And now Apple wants royalties, and from the looks of the Samsung trial, just like Microsoft they are going to get a lot of vendors to just sign and pay them a fee on every Android tablet...
  23. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Well, what's really happening is MS is saying: you can pay us for IP costs for using Android - because Acer and Lenovo both do; and now Apple wants patent kickbacks from them on their Google tablets, OR you can go to MS, who has an IP agreement with Apple, and you can pay more for the OS...
  24. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Remember, they do plan to introduce the WindowsMarketplace and link the XBOX marketplace to it as well; allowing PC users to buy games to download to their XBOX using the device. More then that, several developers have committed to putting apps (not just games, but apps) into their marketplace...
  25. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    RTM has been available for a while through MSDN, I thought it and TechNet received same(?) I'll have to check. I agree, we'll see.. In regards to "make it the XBOX" I think MS has made that a big part of their point; they've changed Windows Games to "XBOX on Windows" and have promised XBLA...
  26. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    People said the same of XBOX. We'll have to wait and see. ;) I'd find $299 or $259 more likely.
  27. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I don't know about that. If they can show they make up the money elsewhere, it's a different bag. Sony & Microsoft both took heavy losses on the PS3 & XBOX360 in their first 18 months. Even Nintendo sold the Wii at "break even" from the beginning (though quickly made a pile of cash). But...
  28. mattCR

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/14/microsoft-surface-199/ If this is true - this is the RT (ARM) version, not the higher end variant, but still.. if true, this just skyrockets up the list.. the $199 pricetag will put it in line with the Kindle Fire.. but with a Windows8 (ARM) core.. this...