There's also a 512GB Surface Pro 2 with 8GB of RAM.
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:33:56 PM
Love the idea of the 512GB. Fearful how much it will cost.
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:33:58 PM
For $100, getting the $450 Surface 2 seems like a much better investment than the still-available $350 Surface RT.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:34:24 PM
Panos is reminding that the $449 Surface 2 price includes SkyDrive 200GB, that Skype offer, and the full Office suite. "That is a massive, massive offering from Microsoft."
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:34:33 PM
Scott -- I think $1,799 for 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD in the Pro 2.
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:35:03 PM
I still think the Surface Pro 2 is the hero product here. It's $899, but that's not terrible for a Core i5/Haswell ultrabook.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:35:03 PM
"As the company continues to transform itself toward a devices and services company, this is a massive step. Get these products, make them yours... Let someone steal your devices and all your info and don't worry about it." A big laugh from Mary Jo.
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:35:11 PM
Thanks. Well, not bad compared to equivalent laptops.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:35:18 PM
"For the professional users out there who want the most productive tablet, go get it." He's talking about the Surface Pro 2.
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:35:29 PM
My only real complaint is that the Touch and Type covers are not included in those prices, really drives it up, as they're must-have.
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:35:42 PM
"Where is Surface Mini?" a commenter asked. I agree. (8-inch would be nice)
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:36:09 PM
"We brought a bunch of people here today, because they asked to be here, and then we hid them behind a curtain. These are the best customers of Surface today..." We're going to be introduced to a number of Surface users to see how they use the slates.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:36:34 PM
This seems to be Microsoft attempting to remind we journalists how most real people use their devices.
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:36:41 PM
Doctors, in particular, want these tablets. Medical records/software don't play nicely with iOS...not at all.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:36:49 PM
"There's nothing to hide. Go feel and see the devices."
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:36:55 PM
"Go feel these products come to life."
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:37:05 PM
We are being compelled to go feel these devices. And we will.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:37:21 PM
"Grab one, touch it and feel it."
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:37:36 PM
Lots of hands-on access promised, that's always good
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:37:47 PM
"The team is proud of what they did here. The team is proud of what they're offering for you to go and get... We believe we've produced two of the most productive personal or professional tablets in the world."
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:38:04 PM
Of all today's announcements, I'm most excited about the dock.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:38:10 PM
"Thank you for coming here today, and thank you for listening to me talk."
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:38:19 PM
Clearly no Surface Mini -- will MS be back before the end of the year?
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:38:26 PM
And we're done! Panos is walking off the stage and a commercial is playing, showing off the new slates.
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:38:35 PM
Press conference is over, but lights are still down. No one dares stand up.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:38:44 PM
Thanks again for joining us today, we had a blast bringing it to you -- despite the connectivity issues at the beginning.
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:38:53 PM
So, that's it. I'd like to see a Surface Mini. Cute little tablet. In color. Make it happen.
Tim Stevens9/23/2013 3:39:06 PM
Now, click on over to our hands-on of the new slates, and check out my interview with Panos Panay for more details!
Scott Stein9/23/2013 3:39:14 PM
Thanks for following along!
dan.ackerman9/23/2013 3:39:41 PM
Thanks for tuning in -- check the links at the top for our exclusive video and hands-on with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.