Shelly Palmer Radio Report – November 30, 2012

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A month after releasing its Surface tablet with Windows RT, Microsoft has unveiled the pricing and specs for its more powerful tablet: the Surface with Windows Pro. Available in January, Microsoft’s higher-end tablet will feature Intel Core i5 processors, 4 gigs of RAM, a full 1080p 10.6” screen, a full-size USB 3.0 port, a pen input with Palm Block technology and a Mini DisplayPort for external displays. Aside from the extra juice, the most important difference between the existing Surface and this version is the ability to run existing Windows 7 desktop applications, in addition to the apps in the Microsoft Store. The new Surface is pricey, though, with the 64 gig model being listed at $899 and the 128 gig model at $999, with the almost-essential keyboard still an add-on purchase. This tablet sounds awesome, but it’s the same cost as a MacBook Air and other Ultrabooks. Will consumers want this version more than the currently-flopping Surface with Windows RT? Only time will tell.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts the Shelly Palmer #CryptoWednesday Livestream. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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