After the near-failure of tablets Surface RT and Surface 2, one would have thought that Microsoft would totally abandon the idea of a cheap tablet, to focus only on its high-end model, the Surface Pro. And yet, against all odds, and to believe the WinBeta site, Microsoft may well reoffend with new device, which would therefore succeed Surface 2.
In 2012, Microsoft released its first tablet under Windows 8 : Area. The device was available in two editions, one based on ARM processor, and the other based on Intel processor. But if the two models operated using a similar operating system, there is still an important distinction: it is Windows RT which actually animates ARM tablets, while it is Windows “classic Which is installed on Surface Pro tablets. As a result, no software for Windows x32 or x64 can be installed on the RT shelves. To take advantage of new applications on your tablet, you must go through the Windows Store. Clearly, the Surface RT is a hybrid product, which tastes and smells like Windows, without really being it. Three years later, the picture is really mixed: the Surface under Windows RT is far from being a commercial success. This probably explains why Microsoft has only released two editions of its tablet, while the Pro version (under “classic” Windows) has had three and a fourth seems already in preparation.
Microsoft may not have said its last word and, according to WinBeta, would be working on a third edition of the Surface tablet. But this time, it would be a Windows 8.1 edition, the same one that runs our PCs. What ensure the tablet full compatibility with programs that have been used for many years (some software intended for Windows 95 still works under Windows 8.1!). The device would without fan and could run using an Intel Atom processor or an Intel Core M. There is no doubt that the device would be much cheaper anyway and that it could benefit from a free update to Windows 10. All this information is of course to be taken conditional, but still according to WinBeta, Microsoft could formalize this new tablet by the Build, which will be held from April 29 to May 1.