When Microsoft introduced its first Surface devices last year, it did so in a staggered fashion. Surface RT showed up first, then four months later Surface Pro went on sale. Despite sharing a lot of the same DNA, the response to Surface Pro was much better than what we saw with Surface RT. While Surface RT suffered a lot from being a new platform that lacked the support of decades of Windows applications, Surface Pro had no such issue. Instead, Surface Pro offered the promise of a tablet that could potentially replace your notebook and desktop as well. Microsoft’s strategy with Surface Pro mimicked the market transition we saw years earlier. The notebooks that replaced desktops over the 2000s did so by being able to...

Microsoft Surface 2 Review

A year ago Microsoft first threw its hat into the tablet race with a new brand, a new OS and a completely new strategy. To make a challenging situation...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/21/2013

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 2 & Surface 2, Shipping October 22

Microsoft just announced the long awaited successors to its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices at a press event in NYC. We were fans of the original Surface devices...

91 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Microsoft Surface Event Live Blog

We're seated and inside at Microsoft's Surface event in New York City, where Microsoft will hopefully announce the upcoming Surface RT and Pro successors. We'll be live blogging away inside.

85 by Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Surface Pro $100 Price Drop - A Prelude of Things to Come?

Techreport.com posted earlier today that there's currently a $100 rebate from Microsoft on the Surface Pro. That brings the price of the 64GB SSD model to $799 and the...

100 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2013

The Great Equalizer Part 2: Surface Pro vs. Android Devices in 3DMark

While we're still waiting for Windows RT and iOS versions of the latest 3DMark, there is one cross-platform comparison we can make: Ivy Bridge/Clover Trail to the Android devices...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 16

It's the calm before the storm. The coming weeks are full of big announcements from smartphones to PC components, leaving us to talk about everything we can before the...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/5/2013

Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro, Available in US & Canada on February 9th

When it launched Surface RT, Microsoft mentioned that 3 months later it would be bringing out an Ivy Bridge version running Windows 8 Pro. At the end of last...

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Microsoft Announces New Surface RT SKU: 64GB Without Touch Cover

When Microsoft launched Surface RT, you could only buy the 64GB SKU with a bundled black touch cover. Although Microsoft's custom keyboard covers are an integral part of Surface's...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Rounding Out the Surface Announcements: New Markets and New Touch Covers

Along with the 64GB $599 Surface RT and Surface Pro availability announcements, Microsoft is also announcing three new limited edition touch covers, expanded availability in 13 new markets and...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis

The untold story of Intel's desktop (and notebook) CPU dominance after 2006 has nothing to do with novel new approaches to chip design or spending billions on keeping its...

163 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2012

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro Pricing and Availability: 17W IVB Starting at $899 in January 2013

Last month I reviewed Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, and came away generally impressed. The form factor and attention to detail were both much better than expected from Microsoft. The...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2012

Microsoft Surface Review

A week ago, I sat in an auditorium and listened to Steve Sinofsky talk about the tablet market. He talked about how the iPad was a great device, and...

235 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

Inside Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

Along with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was...

73 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Microsoft Surface RT Starting at $499, Available 10/26, Preorder Today

Earlier this summer Microsoft did the somewhat unexpected and announced first party Windows RT and Windows 8 tablet hardware under the Surface brand. Microsoft wanted to have flagship devices...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Samsung Surface SUR40 Available for Preorder

First demoed at CES in 2008, Microsoft's Surface started as an idea for making it easier to interact with information, pictures, video, and other content. Imagine a touchscreen interface...

17 by Jarred Walton on 11/18/2011

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