Microsoft's business-friendly Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid isn't perfect. From battery life to weight considerations, we break down whether Surface Pro will suit your needs.
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Surface Pro is a full-fledged Windows PC, of course, and can run most Windows 7 apps. But it's also a multitouch tablet that's optimized for apps downloaded from Microsoft's Windows Store. According to MetroStore Scanner, a third-party site that lets you search the Windows Store from the Web, there were nearly 42,000 applications in the Store as of February 8.
The number of Windows 8 apps is rising steadily, but it's still a far cry from the iPad's 300,000-plus selections. Since backwards compatibility is one of the Surface Pro's greatest strengths -- at least to longtime enterprise users running critical Windows legacy apps -- the relatively thinly stocked Windows Store probably isn't a huge shortcoming.
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