Der Software-Konzern verschickte am Montag Einladungen für eine Surface-Veranstaltung am 23. September in New York. US-Medien spekulierten daraufhin, dass es sich wohl um die Präsentation der zweiten Generation des Surface handeln müsste. Technische Daten sind noch unbekannt. Microsoft selbst äußerte sich nicht weiter.
Der Konzern hatte die erste Surface-Generation vor einem guten Jahr vorgestellt - passend zum neuen, auf Fingersteuerung ausgelegten Betriebssystem Windows 8. Microsoft wollte damit einen Gegenpol zu Apples iPad schaffen. Doch das Surface hatte von Beginn an einen schweren Stand, zumal vermehrt billige Tablet-Computer mit dem Google-Betriebssystem Android auf den Markt kamen. In diesem Sommer schrieb Microsoft 900 Millionen Dollar (680 Millionen Euro) auf zuviel produzierte und unverkaufte Geräte ab.
Das Surface gibt es in zwei Varianten: Mit einem stromsparenden, aber weniger leistungsstarken Prozessor auf Basis der ARM-Technik (Surface RT) sowie einem vollwertigen PC-Prozessor (Surface Pro). US-Medien gehen davon aus, dass beide Varianten fortgeführt werden. Ein Surface mit kleinerem Bildschirm wird dagegen nicht erwartet. Das Surface 2 dürfte mit dem überarbeiteten Betriebssystems Windows 8.1 ausgeliefert werden, das am 18. Oktober auf den Markt kommt. (dpa/tc)
- Walt Mossberg, "Wall Street Journal"
"Some users may not mind the price or bulk of the Surface Pro if it frees them from carrying a tablet for some uses and a laptop for others. But like many products that try to be two things at once, the new Surface Windows 8 Pro does neither as well as those designed for one function."
- David Pierce, "The Verge"
"Even a well-executed Surface still doesn't work for me, and I'd bet it doesn't work for most other people either. It's really tough to use on anything but a desk, and the wide, 16:9 aspect ratio pretty severely limits its usefulness as a tablet anyway. It's too big, too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive tablet, and it's too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to do. In its quest to be both, the Surface is really neither. It's supposed to be freeing, but it just feels limiting."
- John Biggs, "TechCrunch"
"In short, the Surface Pro is so good that it could drive Windows 8 adoption with enough force to make people reconsider Microsoft’s odd new OS. Microsoft bet the farm on a new paradigm and it needs a champion. Surface Pro is the right hardware for the job."
- Iain Thompson, "The Register"
"But if you're stacking the Surface Pro up against other Ultrabooks, then the system's cost is within the bounds of sanity. If Windows is your thing and you're not often working on the go, it's worth taking a look at the Surface Pro."
- Peter Bright, "Ars Technica"
"Surface Pro's major selling point over Surface RT is that it can run almost two decades worth of Windows apps. But those apps are almost universally mouse and keyboard apps, which means you're going to want to treat Surface Pro more like a laptop and less like a tablet. Maybe other people can make use of the form factor better than I can. I'm sure the same markets that have used Windows tablets for the last decade will leap at Surface Pro—if they haven't already gone for the iPad. I'm sure some people will find it "good enough" as a laptop-like device, and for them it may be a viable purchase. But it's not for me."
- Ed Bott, "ZDNet"
"In short, this is a great product for anyone who’s already committed to a Microsoft-centric work environment. It isn’t likely to inspire many iPad owners to switch, unless those Apple tablets are in the hands of someone who has been eagerly awaiting an excuse to execute the iTunes ecosystem. I don’t expect Surface Pro to be a breakout hit for Microsoft. Too many people will have good reasons to say no, at least for now. But it does represent a solid, interesting, adventurous alternative for anyone who wants to spend some quality time today exploring Microsoft’s vision of the future. The big question is how large that market is, and whether Microsoft can evolve both the Surface hardware and its accompanying apps and services so the next iteration is capable of breaking out in a big way."
- Alexandra Chang, "WIRED"
"WIRED: Sleek and well-designed hardware. Sharp, beautiful touchscreen. Speedy performance. Runs all legacy Windows desktop applications. Great pressure-sensitive pen. Additional USB port on the charger so you can charge your phone at the same time. Type Cover is pleasant and forgiving. TIRED: Lacking in usable storage space. Short on battery life. Non-adjustable kickstand becomes a burden with long-term use. Pricey; you’ll need to drop extra money on several accessories (mouse, keyboard cover, external storage). Too hot, heavy and thick to comfortably use as a tablet."
- Steve Kovach, "Business Insider"
"Microsoft created a very strange product category with the Surface Pro, one that will likely only appeal to a slim number of people who want to try a funky form factor but still work in a classic desktop environment when they need to. My experience with the Surface Pro was nearly identical to the one I had with the Surface RT, which makes it tough to recommend a pricier and heavier device with bad battery life. If the Surface intrigues you, check out the RT model first."
- Tim Stevens, "Engadget"
"That it offers compatibility with the massive back-catalog of Windows apps gives this a strong leg up over the earlier Surface RT, but the thickness, heft and battery life are big marks against. We're confident Microsoft will keep refining Windows 8 to make the OS as a whole more seamlessly tablet-friendly, and we look forward to testing the dozens of touch-friendly hybrid and convertible devices due this year, but sadly Microsoft's second tablet doesn't have us reaching for our credit cards. Not quite yet."
- Kyle Wagner, "Gizmodo"
"If it fits your professional needs, you'll at least want to consider it. Same goes if you have enough scratch to take a flyer on a secondary computer (that also happens to represent the future of computing). For anyone else, the Surface Pro probably isn't worth it. The Surface Pro is ultimately the best answer to questions a lot of people haven't bothered asking yet. That's different from being extraneous—it's more like being the girl who shows up 30 minutes early to every party—but it still means the Pro isn't for everyone. For a lot of you, a thick, superpowered tablet isn't necessary, and a laptop-like (and laptop-priced) machine that makes it harder to bang out emails, IMs, and tweets while on the couch or in bed is nothing you're interested in."