Microsoft Could Kill the Entire Surface Tablet Lineup...
As part of its plans to step beyond the software industry, Microsoft is aggressively investing in the hardware business, and the Surface tablet lineup is living proof that the company is looking to get its own share of profit in a market that already belongs to Android and iOS devices.
Needless to say, Microsoft's Surface models haven't been really outstanding as far as sales are concerned, and the company is still believed to lose money with every tablet it sells these days.
As a result, the Redmond-based giant is looking into ways to reduce losses and one of the ways to do that could involve giving up on the Surface business entirely, according to a new report.
Bah... speculation upon speculation, rumor upon rumor... one source says one thing, another says the exact opposite...
Fact is, Someone at Microsoft probably "investigates" all scenarios, and whether or not they go one way or another is ultimately up to the brass, and those decisions generally don't get made until just before it happens.
Microsoft, for it's part, tends to be willing to take long term losses on hardware, but not always.. (the Kin was a notable example, but it didn't have the kind of support that Surface has internally).
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I have the Surface Pro first generation that I got for less than a 128Gb iPad would have cost and couldn't be more pleased.
As a tablet it is a bit on the heavy side, not really suitable for one-handed operation imo. But on the lap, with or without the type or any other cover, it is a joy to use. Screen big enough for those things you might want to do while sitting in the recliner.
As a desktop, just a quick connect to a bigger monitor and all things run just fine.
I would hate to see the line discontinued as I personally think that MS has a real winner with the Surface Pro line.
Since the Surface Pros all have SSDs, I would think that 8Gb would be plenty. Even if it did some swapping it would be pretty fast.
Mine has 4Gb of RAM and I have about 1/2 dozen apps running at any given time and haven't noticed a slowdown. I will readily admit that all but one of them aren't real powerhouse programs though.
What does an SSD have to do with anything?
I need to run multiple virtual machines, that takes real physical memory.. not virtual memory. I also do development and tend to have 4-6 copies of Visual Studio open at any given time (each copy takes almost 1-1.5GB of memory on average, depending on project size).
I don't think you can suggest what is "plenty" for anyone. My desktop has 32GB (with SSD's) and it's not enough.
SurfaceMicrosoft is committed to the Surface lineup. Important news following the false rumor about the fate of Surface. Contrary to some click-bait headlines, SP3 has garnered some attention and is doing alright I think.
Nadella: Microsoft committed to Surface line - Neowin
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