The first Microsoft Surface tablets are set to hit stores on October 26th. That’s when you’ll be able to buy a model with an ARM-based processor and Windows RT operating system. The tablets have a few innovative features including a case with a multitouch keyboard built in.
Later Microsoft will also offer a Windows 8 Pro model with an x86 processor.
But the folks at TechRadar have spotted some evidence that these two tablets aren’t the end of the line for Microsoft’s Surface project.
Over the past few months Microsoft has posted listings for more than a dozen jobs on the Surface team. The company is seeking experts in everything from touchscreens to PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating — something that could help keep future tablets cool or even make them waterproof.
While it’s too early to say exactly what features a next-generation Surface tablet will have (the first models aren’t even available yet, after all), it looks like Microsoft plans to continue developing the product line (and competing with traditional PC makers including Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo). I suppose that’s good news for any of the handful of people that were burned the last time Microsoft released a hardware product, only to kill it off within months.
Windows-using OEMs may start looking into Linux more seriously.
Microsoft is obviously on track to lock down the Windows ecosystem and do all hw/sw development in-house. At the end of the process they will stop selling OEM licences.
I for one am excited for the Surface Pro. And also, since you mentioned other Microsoft hardware, I purchased an original 30GB Zune and the ancient thing is still alive and well, despite rather abusive use, and even still gets great battery life. So far, I am 1 for 1 with Microsoft hardware, in my book that earns them a second purchase.
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