Microsoft has built upon their success with the Surface Pro 3 with the recent announcement of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. These two new devices use the latest Intel chipsets, processors and components to deliver the best performance, battery life and security features of any tablet or notebook on the market today. 

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is in the same form factor and size as the original Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 4 boasts the following features:

  • A bigger screen, 12.3” vs. 12”
  • Better screen clarity
  • A faster processor, with speeds 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50 percent faster than a MacBook Air
  • More memory, 16GB vs. 8GB
  • More storage, 1TB vs. 512GB
  • More battery life, up to 9 hours
  • New USB-C connectors
  • A better pen
  • A new keyboard and trackpad

The Surface Book is Microsoft’s first notebook, and is the fastest and best performing device on the market. The screen is larger than the Surface Pro 4, measuring 13.5”, and has up to 12 hours of battery life. The Surface Book also has a dedicated NVIDIA GPU for running advanced graphic applications, video editing and gaming. This notebook also converts into a tablet. The screen can be removed from the keyboard base or it can be flipped around to use the extra battery and GPU.  Take a look at the below tablet comparison.

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These amazing new devices have some other features that are made possible with Windows 10. The new security feature, Hello, takes advantage of biometrics or facial recognition to streamline the log-on process, while improving security by removing the need for passwords, which are easy to compromise. When using Hello, the user can be in front of the device and the camera will automatically recognize who it is and verify their identity, logging them onto their desktop very quickly without having to press a key. The biometric fingerprint reader works in a similar way, but the user only has to push their thumb onto the reader. Windows Hello uses the biometric thumbprint reader on the new keyboard/trackpad on the Surface Pro 4 (which also works on the Surface Pro 3) or the front facing camera on both devices.

Both of these devices, and many more, can convert between different form factors depending on how it is used. This is only possible because they are running Windows 10. The UI of Windows 10 will change from full desktop mode to a touch friendly UI automatically when the keyboard is attached or removed. This feature makes Windows 10 work with any device type, regardless if it is a desktop, notebook, tablet or a hybrid. Users get a consistent experience, even if they are coming from Windows 7 or 8, the Start Menu is still there and they can use Windows with a keyboard and mouse as easily if they were using touch.

These new devices have set the bar very high for other OEM’s to deliver similar, if not better, devices at an affordable price point for more organizations. They will continue to challenge the hardware market by demonstrating what is possible by using Windows 10 with new and exciting devices. The notebook/tablet market is only one segment; Microsoft is also challenging how we use smaller devices like mobile phones. Most mobile phones have enough processing power and storage as a notebook, and will soon be able to use a dock that let will let it double as a notebook. Of course all of these devices are running Windows 10, and that can transition the user experience regardless of the screen size or if using touch or a keyboard or mouse.

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