Microsoft Surface Available for Pre-Order, Aggressively Priced at $499 and up

Microsoft comes out swinging with an aggressively priced $499 entry-level model of the Surface sans Type Cover. It includes 32 GB of storage space. The 32 GB Surface with a black Type Cover runs $599 and the 64 GB Surface with a black Type Cover costs $699. There are other Type Cover colors available at an add-on premium price. These models all include Windows RT and they will be publicly available on Oct. 26, 2012. Microsoft simply says, “Coming Soon” on the page for the Windows 8 Pro Surface models.

I stand by my earlier thoughts on the Surface here, but I recognize that Microsoft seems to have thrown its monolithic weight behind Surface and Windows 8. Nevertheless, Gizmodo’s Brian Barrett recommends holding off on this pre-order. This tablet and its cross-platform UI via Windows 8 will likely be contenders in the computing market place regardless of how good or bad they might be. We will know in good time what kind of lasting influence and market share these new Microsoft hardware and software products will have. Regardless, it will send ripples (and potentially waves) through the computing (and touch computing) world.

I don’t know about you, but I’m holding out for Apple’s “We’ve got a little more to show you” event on Tuesday, Oct 23. AllThingsD broke the news a few days ago that we will finally see an iPad mini.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.