Microsoft's proper Windows 8 tablet, the, is coming to the UK "before the end of May", according to a company blog post. The software behemoth has yet to announce prices.
The last we heard about the delayed Pro was, when Microsoft said it was due "in the coming months". It'll arrive in other countries next month too, covering much of Europe -- Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland -- and further afield in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
The Surface Pro runs full Windows 8, rather than the cut-down Windows RT on the Surface. That means you can run any Windows-compatible software, whereas the Surface is stuck with whatever's available on the Marketplace app store. Manufacturers including for being hard to understand, but it's at some point this year.
While a British price for the Pro is yet to materialise, it sells for. The £399 Surface is , thanks to our swingeing 20 per cent VAT. Plucking a number out of thin air, I reckon the Surface Pro will be £700 here.
But that's just for the basic 64GB model, CNET.com colleague Scott Stein calls "essential", and adding the cool keyboard will set you back $1,200 -- nearly £800, plus VAT. Cripes., and no keyboard cover. Upgrading to the 128GB model, which our
If you can't wait for a Windows 8 tablet, we can recommend the £600 Acer Iconia W700 and £400 , both four-star machines.
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