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Microsoft Corporation launched Windows 8 with the promised faster performance when compared to the earlier versions. They have also developed apps solely for the operating system. The latest operating system like all others before it, has gained both positive as well as negative reviews. Many users have opted for the Windows 8 upgrade, while many others feel the platform to be un-friendly for desktop users. Traditional users rate the platform low, finding it tough to move on with the changes, but at the same time, rate it as the best platform for touch screen devices.
Microsoft has designed the Surface Pro tablets to promote the operating system in the tablet market. With the tablet PC sector booming, Windows 8 is on the run to capture ground in the highly competitive market where Google and Apple already have a good presence. Though Surface Pro runs on Windows 8 platform, it also has the basic hardware support to boot other platforms like Linux Mint or Ubuntu on it.
Surface Pros & Cons
Despite of all efforts, Surface Pro lags behind in market share. Though banded with the latest Windows platform and dual core 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, it has failed to draw the interest of users. It has many plus points to consider, like ability to run apps designed for both Windows and traditional x86software without any issues. Also, users can opt for either Touch cover or Type cover with the tablet. But the major drawback for Surface Pro is that there is no Ethernet port in the device. Also, it is felt to be a bit high on the pricing side, which holds back its market further.
Microsoft has another Surface tablet with Windows 8 platform in the pack, which is much cheaper than Surface Pro. Surface RT offers longer battery life, along with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM based processor under the hood. But the system fails to attract more users towards it, because of its limited apps support and sluggish performance while multitasking.
Though Surface Pro could be run on Linux or Ubuntu platforms, it will certainly take time to declare it fully operational with other platforms. On the other hand, Surface RT does not even offer any hope for such alterations.
Microsoft is on the track to compete with other platforms like Android, iOS who are well established in the tablet market. There are many users who aim for Windows 8 upgrade options, regardless of what the reviews say.