Microsoft’s Surface 3 goes on sale in May and runs full Windows

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It’s official: Microsoft is good at hardware. The Surface 3, which runs a full version of Windows 8.1 and is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the new operating system is released later this year, breaks what had been a two-track universe for Microsoft’s Surface lineup.

NEW YORK — Google is unveiling its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining an even stronger hold in school and overseas markets. Given its past struggles that’s not an association that immediately springs to mind but following the superb but expensive Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has now made a new sexy hybrid laptop/tablet for the masses. The original Surface and the Surface 2 were powered by a slimmed down version of Microsoft’s operating system, dubbed Windows RT, making them unable to run the full suite of applications for desktop computers. Simply called ‘Surface 3’, the new model presents a truly compelling option to shake up not just the budget laptop market, but also Apple ’s iPad Air 2.

The Surface is Microsoft’s effort to break into a tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPad and devices running Google’s Android operating system. The ability to run Windows apps and the versatile pen experience1 — great for taking notes or marking documents — make Surface 3 ideal for students, schools and anyone looking for a portable device to get things done.

It’s beautiful, versatile, powerful and productive, and our customers are going to love what it lets them do.” Productivity and portabilityPowered by the new quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor,3 Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life.4 A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. Price – 2GB and 4GB versions will offer 64GB and 128GB of storage respectively with prices starting from $499 and a 4G model (with integrated GPS) from $599. The three-position kickstand is ideal for using Surface 3 while working at a desk, sitting on a couch or holding in the palm of a hand as a natural writing surface.

This gives it a much cheaper entry point than the Surface Pro, where the base model starts at $699, and all get one year subscriptions to Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. This is a quad core chip and should run smoothly as Microsoft doesn’t load up its Surfaces with bloatware, but it can’t become a cutting edge performer. Even before its availability, educational institutions such as University of Phoenix and companies such as Prada, BASF and Emirates have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface 3 across their organizations because they see the value Surface 3 can bring to their employees and students. “Having explored multiple platforms, we are confident that Surface 3 meets the expectations of our experienced and professional flight crew,” said Captain Alan Stealey, divisional senior vice president, Flight Operations, Emirates. “The device’s innovative design and functionality prove to be the choice for our EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) initiative.” Surface accessoriesSurface 3 and Surface 3 (4G LTE) can be paired with new accessories7: Surface 3 Type Cover is offered in a variety of colors and features an improved trackpad and responsive keyset for fast, accurate typing, alongside four vibrant Surface Pen colors — silver, black, blue and red. Pre-order and availabilitySurface 3 and new accessories will be available for pre-order starting March 31 through microsoftstore.com, Microsoft stores8 and select partner retailers in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Additional information on Surface can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/surface.Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Whether partners will be concerned or inspired by these moves remains to be seen, but Microsoft certainly appears determined to not let Apple’s message of unified software and hardware go unanswered. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. 1 Surface Pen sold separately.2 Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/about?ocid=WIN10_0_WOL_Hero_Home_Windows-10_Null_01 for more information.6 Available on Surface 3 with Windows 8.1 purchased prior to Dec. 31, 2015. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/microsoft-introduces-surface-3-the-thinnest-and-lightest-surface-yet-300058239.html

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