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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 PC designed for enterprises

Tim Greene | May 21, 2014
Surface Pro 3 is a tablet/laptop that's bigger, more powerful than an iPad.

The device has a thinner set of layers making up the display, meaning that when the device's pen is applied to the screen it appears that ink is coming out of it, not that there is a gap between the pen and the surface on which the ink appears, says Panay.

The pen itself can turn the device on. So if a user wants to write on the screen when the device is turned off, they click the pen and that click  turns on the machine opened to a OneNote screen for taking notes. The notes are automatically stored to the OneDrive cloud storage account when they are saved.

Surface Pro 3 has front-facing speakers, whereas the Surface Pro 2 had speakers at the sides.

Base price is $799 plus $99 for a keyboard. Gold predicts most businesses will opt for the mid-range $1,299 version with an i5 processor and 256GB  RAM. Top of the line is a $1,949 model with a Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. The devices are available tomorrow.

"Many corporate users have chosen iPads as a default believing that the Windows tablets are far inferior," says Gold. "This new unit, given the potential performance available, may be enough to swing users its way, and will certainly be attractive to IT groups seeking to influence (or direct) such user choice."


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