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Microsoft stacks up Surface vs. iPad with mixed results


Let’s see, the Surface RT is barely heavier than the iPad, the identical thickness and will get two hours much less battery life. Signal me up!

OK, so Microsoft’s new iPad vs. Windows tablet comparison site is extra nuanced than that, mentioning the areas the place Home windows 8 and Home windows RT tablets shine — together with multitasking, printing, a number of person accounts, USB ports and decrease costs in lots of circumstances.

However the comparability is not any slam dunk for Home windows, illustrating the problem that Microsoft faces in going up in opposition to the Apple pill.

One other downside: Microsoft’s comparability of the ASUS VivoTab to the iPad initially included deceptive details about the Home windows system’s display screen dimension, which has since been corrected after it was pointed out by Elliot Temple yesterday morning.

With reference to screens, the sturdy horizontal orientation of the Surface truly makes it unwieldy to make use of in portrait mode, one thing that wouldn’t be apparent by merely evaluating the display screen sizes of the 2 units.

And there’s a little bit of gamesmanship in Microsoft highlighting the truth that Workplace isn’t accessible on the iPad. After all, Microsoft is in the end in command of that state of affairs, however has to date held off on releasing its flagship productiveness suite for the Apple pill.

The comparability website is a part of a brand new effort by Microsoft to place Home windows tablets extra instantly as options to the iPad. Earlier this week the Redmond firm launched a new ad that uses Siri to ridicule the iPad’s shortcomings.

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