Microsoft is hoping that three is the magic number after unveiling the latest addition to its Surface family of devices: the Surface Pro 3. We’ve gone hands on with the tablet, which impresses thanks to its sharper screen, bigger dimensions and great stylus support.
The company has gone all out by making it the biggest, most powerful and feature-packed Surface yet, and many would argue that it needed to.
It’s been a rocky road for Microsoft where its Surface devices are concerned: in the two years since Windows chief Steven Sinofsky unveiled the Surface RT and Surface Pro, Microsoft has lost said Windows chief, squandered almost $1 billion on unsold Surface RT stock and replaced its brash and bullish CEO, Steve Ballmer.
Satya Nadella, Ballmer’s replacement, has already made progress in evolving Microsoft’s mobile and cloud computing strategies (hardly a surprise considering his former position),but the ex-Sun Microsystems engineer still has to earn his hardware stripes.
It was expected that the Surface Pro 3 would be unveiled alongside a Surface Mini, or even a Surface 3, but neither materialized. Instead, it basked in the limelight alone when Microsoft corporate VP Panos Panay took to the stage to show it off to the world.
The Surface Pro 3 an evolution, rather than revolution over the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 in terms of design – it’s still a touchscreen tablet featuring an industrial design, with sharp lines, wrapped in a magnesium alloy case with a detachable keyboard.
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