aNewDomain.net – Microsoft’s Surface with Windows RT is a well-made, secure tablet with a keyboard, great battery life, and Windows 8. Windows RT’s biggest pro–its secure environment — is also its biggest con – you can only get software that’s available in the Microsoft Store. Sure, this makes it more secure – but there are lots of apps that I would like to run that I can’t install. These include programs such as iTunes and Google Music. Office 2013 is pretty substantial, but Outlook Light is just not Outlook. I would really like the full version of the program at this price ($499). Fortunately, the upcoming Windows Surface Pro from Microsoft will support Outlook and you can access any compatible software. The downside? Surface Pro is not expected to have the same battery life.
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Dollar for dollar I would describe this as an iPad from Microsoft – this is not to be confused as an iPod, Microsoft-style – this is no Zune. RT units, like iOS devices, are more secure as apps can only be installed via the new Windows store. Android devices can do this as well – but you can also open up an Android device for other non-proprietary stores. This is not the case for iOS or Windows Surface RT.
While many have noted the missing Windows Start Menu that we all became used to, I have a feeling this will return with Service Packs during the next year. Meanwhile users can install third-party tools to replicate this basic need.
Windows 8 testing shows that it is a more secure OS. Additionally its implementation of sync with Windows devices and the Cloud has been a much better experience for me than either my iCloud or Google Drive Experience.
Admittedly this is a first tablet entry for Microsoft – and while I really wish I had a full Outlook experience – for its performance, weight, quality and screen resolution, this is a worthy device and easily replaces my Android tablet.
Based in Seattle, Alan Wallace is a senior contributor on aNewDomain.net’s security team. He previously worked as a London-based foreign correspondent for UPI and founded InterActive Agency, the first Internet-focused ad agency. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him at @wmalanw.