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A German site has leaked pricing for the Windows 8 Pro versions of Microsoft Surface (MSFT). The...

A German site has leaked pricing for the Windows 8 Pro versions of Microsoft Surface (MSFT). The 64GB Surface Pro will reportedly have a local cost of €809 ($1,027) after including VAT, and the 128GB a cost of €909 ($1,160). At those prices (well above Surface RT's), Surface Pro, which uses an Intel Core i5 CPU, is likely to be a niche product. Especially since many OEMs are releasing cheaper and thinner (albeit less powerful) Windows 8 Pro devices based on Intel's Clover Trail Atom CPU.
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  • the_tourist_
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    I doubt it will be anywhere near add much of a niche product as the RT. For employers paying their staff $30k upwards, paying a few hundred dollars extra to have a product that can actually run their software seems a fairly obvious choice. If take up of the Surface Pro is slow it will be because of business and IT department reluctance to upgrade to windows 8.

     

    RT on the other hand truly is a niche product. It is part of a longer term plan by MS to compete with Apple and google in the tablet space. But at the moment, with no Apps, it is little more than a prototype, foot-in-the-door.
    7 Nov 2012, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    Others have said it, the Pro version will compete directly with lap tops so the price if it holds up isn't that alarming.
    7 Nov 2012, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    Pricing seems to be tame, allowing OEMs to effectively compete against the Surface Pro.

     

    A very smart move by MSFT, give the OEMs a chance to pull a profit and keep them friendly.
    7 Nov 2012, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • zubikov
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    Surface Pro in its current form will gain more traction than the blackberry tablet, but far less than any major Android tablet. The projected 8-10 mm units sold next year seems a little high to me. I really don't see how a $1000 faux-latop iPad wannabe + $500 faux-iPad with inferior software can get people to switch from what they already have. Is anyone having trouble seeing value in the surface and surface pro tablets? Has anyone else played with these things out of curiosity and left feeling confused and underwhelmed?
    7 Nov 2012, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    $1000 for basically a smaller, lighter labtop, that has backwards compatibility to legacy windows applications, exchange server, active directory domains, full skydrive integration across all apps, xbox integration, etc. Sign me up. The enterprise is going to snap these things up!

     

    Since buying my wife a Surface RT and using it whenever I can get it out of her hands a few things have struck me. The first is that the form factor is excellent. My labtop now seems enormous. Yet I still am using it for spread-sheeting, accessing my access databasing and any real intensive word processing. However, if I could do all that with something a little bit larger then the Surface RT, I'd be in heaven.

     

    The second thing that has really struck me about the whole Windows 8 transition is that the huge upgrades to the desktop environment have been completely overlooked. Nobody is talking about the addition of the ribbon like interface to windows explorer, the handy "easy access" menu, context sensitive menus, the possibilities opened up with the "Send to device" features, smart glass etc. Everyone wants to talk about the Metro/modern/tile UI but then act like there has been no change from windows 7 underneath. This is far from the truth. Windows 8 is far superior then windows 7. AND it has a fullscreen start menu that is open by default, but this shouldn't really be the main focus like it has.

     

    The surface pro will bring a different user class to the Surface experience, one that will be able to fully appreciate what windows 8 has to offer. I for one can't wait to get one.
    7 Nov 2012, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    >> AND it has a fullscreen start menu that is open by default, but this shouldn't really be the main focus like it has. <<

     

    Microsoft has made it quite clear that the new (formerly known as Metro) interface is the new paradigm. It is the focus because Microsoft put it there and because it IS open by default.
    7 Nov 2012, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    >> far less than any major Android tablet <<

     

    The Android tablets that have been selling in any volume have been selling for $150-350. That a $1000+ table-tablet is going to sell less is hardly relevant. The big question is whether it will outsell the MacBook Air which is a closer competitor.

     

    The number Microsoft is far more interested in is Windows 8 sales.
    7 Nov 2012, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • zubikov
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    Dennis, that's a good point regarding MacBook Airs being a closer competitor. MS did spend a rumored $1.5B on this season's marketing push for the Surface, and they're seeking a really high margin on hardware. They're also selling the new Windows versions for much less than any previous ones. That leads me to believe they're really after the hardware sales, not so much software. I can't wait to see the initial numbers.
    8 Nov 2012, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • AlanMcBee
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    That $1.5B is for Windows 8 in general, not just the Surface.

     

    I suspect Microsoft might be planning to make up some margins with after-market services, like Xbox Gold, or SaaS, like Office 365, or possibly increased demand for Windows Azure.
    9 Nov 2012, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • zubikov
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    http://bit.ly/TtKB5Q

     

    Cut pro to 2MM orders. Ouch, and that didn't take long.
    29 Nov 2012, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • AlanMcBee
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    I don't know if I see RT as solely a competitor to Apple/Google.

     

    The world IS moving to cloud, and to mobile, touchable, sometimes disconnected devices. The business world included.

     

    The RT platform is perfect for that space. There's plenty of enterprise-ready API and security in RT. If I was being asked to design a greenfield app for my CxO's dashboard (whatever) on her/his Surface or Win 8 tablet, I would absolutely first try to determine whether I could create a Win RT app instead of a traditional desktop app or a Web app.
    7 Nov 2012, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • dr_randevil
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    I'm waiting for Haswell in atom and core forms.
    7 Nov 2012, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    Is this the same German site that outed the 8GB iPad mini's retail price at $249?
    7 Nov 2012, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    you need to have your brain examined if you pay $1000 for something that has no more utility than a $250 netbook. but if you're gonna throw money away, throw some my way too.
    7 Nov 2012, 07:06 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    by that notion, tablets in general would have failed.
    7 Nov 2012, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • hyperion15
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    Productive workers can get a surface pro or any of the hybrid windows 8 tablet/laptop combinations for around $1,000 -- cheaper than buying a laptop and a tablet. I expect them to sell a lot of these, and again, it really doesn't matter if it's a surface as long as it's windows 8. Check out the lenovo ideapad yoga, for example. who wouldn't want one of these for $1000? http://lnv.gy/Q2kPJt
    9 Nov 2012, 02:49 PM Reply Like
  • willemoforange
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    I note that Paul Thurrott reckons that RT is the future and Win 8 is only there to cover for legacy software for the moment. As such Win 8 will be around for a long time yet, but it will eventually be replaced by RT. That view makes sense to me.
    7 Nov 2012, 11:01 PM Reply Like
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