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Microsoft Surface: 10 Best And Worst Changes

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets deliver some cool new features, but not all changes impress.
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In an emailed statement, Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said the Surface tablets are "not just a stage for Windows, but also Office, Skype, Bing and SkyDrive."

Microsoft VP Panos Panay made that point abundantly clear on Monday, announcing that the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 will provide users 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years, free Skype calls to landlines in more than 60 countries, and free Skype Wi-Fi at more than 2 million global hotspots.

Panay said that if a device is lost or stolen, SkyDrive can help a user put his or her data on a new device within minutes. He also suggested SkyDrive makes up for the relatively limited storage space available on lower-end Surface models; over half of the 64-GB Surface Pro's hard drive space is occupied by the OS, for example.

"We want you to believe in our services," Panay said, adding that buying a device with 32 GB of storage is "interesting," but that a device with 232 GB of storage is "powerful."


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Andrew Binstock
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9/26/2013 | 4:19:26 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: 10 Best And Worst Changes
I like my SurfacePro and am glad to see the company rev them.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/26/2013 | 3:43:42 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: 10 Best And Worst Changes
Are these changes going to do anything for the first tablets that rolled out? Will Microsoft let us upgrade by buying our old units back so we can get the new ones?
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