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Microsoft's 128GB Surface Pro sells out within hours

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    I ordered a surface pro 128 with a type cover for work today. Expected to ship March 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I ordered a surface pro 128 with a type cover for work today. Expected to ship March 1.
    Your company is going to look into these. Any reason as to why? Testing I assume?
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    Yeah, testing and proof of concept. We have about a dozen other tablets, android, iPad, Chinese knockoffs, etc.

    Even if not practical to use, customers love seeing their software running on a tablet. Giving them the ability to touch, almost makes them forgive the other issues and problems. It's like, "yeah it sucks here, here, and here, but zomg I can touch it, so it's all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    So what do you guys think ... how long will it take for these devices to become primary machines instead of companion machines? Or is that going to happen at all? I mean, it does seem to me that Surface Pro has the potential to do that, as tech guru Paul Thurrott is trying to do, but as I've been reading on his site, he runs into the occasional obstacle trying to make that happen.
    I guess it all depends on what one does for work on it and computing resources needed. I could probably get by with it performing construction estimating spreadsheets and contracts. I have Excel and Word templates that I simply edit for the particular project. I usually have a blueprint (usually PDF), Excel workbook, an estimating program, calculator, and a browser open to do so. I don't window a whole lot. I Alt/Tab. I'll copy and paste from the calculator into an Excel cell so as not to make a typing mistake. I learned the hard way on that one once.

    The only concern I would have is viewing the blueprint in the small screen. Sometimes I have to magnify it on my 19 inch monitor. I'll experiment with a half dozen devices before I make a decision. I may have to get a lappy for the screen size, although I guess one could use a larger monitor with it. But then again, one may as well use a desktop PC then.

    All in all, I think these will sell like crazy when the market is educated with them.
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    Yeah, I hate to use a clichéd word, but we seem to be in the middle of a huge ... paradigm shift. Maybe high-end desktops with lots of RAM and insane amounts of hard drive space actually will become a niche with people like gamers and people who produce things, like video, as the average consumer realizes they can have a simple device that can just do their basic tasks and can transform into something portable when they need it to. They don't want a complicated OS, they want something straightforward where they can get programs from an app store without fear of getting malware. Or so the trends would indicate, given the smashing success of the iPad and whatnot.

    It's funny, right now, this is my arsenal:

    Main machine: A Windows 8 desktop I assembled myself, fairly high end, with a Radeon HD 7950 video card.
    Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad that I'm typing on right now. Mid-range with an actual optical drive.
    Tablet: My new Surface RT.
    Phone: LOLOL. My parents and I just share a TracFone. That's all we need.

    I feel like I'm set for a while, but I wonder if, in the future, my tablet and laptop merge into one.
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    An article that says the surface PRO will die in six months.


    Microsoft Surface Pro Will Die in Six Months ? Analyst - Softpedia
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    If that is the case - then where does it leave those who do want the better machines?

    If the market becomes a niche - does that lead to less choice of hardware and software and higher prices.

    What about those who want to maintain privacy and control and not get drawn into a rental/subscription model.

    Do those who are gravitating to smaller simple devices have any idea where it might all lead.



    Yeah, I hate to use a clichéd word, but we seem to be in the middle of a huge ... paradigm shift. Maybe high-end desktops with lots of RAM and insane amounts of hard drive space actually will become a niche with people like gamers and people who produce things, like video, as the average consumer realizes they can have a simple device that can just do their basic tasks and can transform into something portable when they need it to.
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    i just wish it would come down in price, maybe once the hype is over, stores will have the ability to lower the price for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    i just wish it would come down in price, maybe once the hype is over, stores will have the ability to lower the price for it.
    I just paid $1,196.73 from Microsoft for the 128GB model with the Type cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Even if not practical to use, customers love seeing their software running on a tablet. Giving them the ability to touch, almost makes them forgive the other issues and problems. It's like, "yeah it sucks here, here, and here, but zomg I can touch it, so it's all good.
    That sounds about right.

    It seems to be a common problem in many market sectors (i.e. style over substance).

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    What about those who want to maintain privacy and control and not get drawn into a rental/subscription model.
    We'll all be declared "enemies of the Corporate State".
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