Australia has plenty of Apple stores, and we even have a couple of Samsung stores, but we now have our first Microsoft store, and it’s not just for Microsoft products, but for anyone with a tech problem that involves a Microsoft-made thing.
We hope you weren’t set on a new computer, because two more are on the way, and from the looks of things, these could be winning improvements.
We always wondered what would become of Windows RT, the light version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system that could only run apps made for Windows 8. Today, it is no more, as Microsoft announces a new version of Surface that is all grown up.
We had high praise for Microsoft’s third Surface tablet to run Windows 8 back in August of last year, when we declared “this was what tablets should be”. Six months on, is it still what tablets should be?
The next run of Intel chips might well be only a couple of months off, but Microsoft isn’t waiting, readying a new breed of Surface Pro for people who want the power of an Ultrabook inside something as easy to use as a tablet.
There have been four iPads thus far, and up until Apple announced the iPad 3 as the new iPad, they were named with numbers in mind. We're not sure if Microsoft is thinking along the same lines, but we'll see, as it has announced two new Surface tablets.
Before Microsoft launched the Surface RT tablet last year, there was a lot of hype and expectation that the price would be well below that of the iPad. When it eventually turned out it would be more expensive, many were disappointed. It appears that Microsoft is changing the price now, offering a better deal on a Windows tablet if you're a student.
Even though it was released a few weeks ago at with Windows 8, Australians haven't seen a lot of Microsoft's Surface, the first touchscreen slate from a company known for only one other computer, the Xbox video game system. Rumours, however, are suggesting we'll see a combination of the two soon enough.
Unlike Apple, Microsoft has never really developed its own computer for consumers to touch and feel, but next week, we'll see one, and you'll be able to buy it too.
Last month, Microsoft made waves when it announced that it was not only renaming its Surface table-based touchscreen technology, but more importantly using the "Surface" branding for a new iPad competitor running the touch-friendly Windows 8 and featuring a keyboard built into the cover. Now, we may have a price.
The company responsible for the most used operating system on the planet hasn't exactly had the best of luck with tablets, but it's trying to change that, with Microsoft announcing a new slate designed to bring the fight to Apple.