Microsoft's slick new Windows 8 Surface tablet looks great, though pricing remains a question. Get up close with 10 of its most compelling features.
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Surface has two cameras--front and back--which is de rigueur for an iPad competitor. Microsoft hasn't release the cameras' specs yet, but has said the rear-facing "LifeCam" is angled to 22 degrees, allowing you to open the kickstand and conduct meetings hands-free. Surface's stereo speakers and dual microphones are "tuned for Skype," following Microsoft's high-profile purchase of the company last year. Given Skype's global popularity, a superior video-chat experience could help Surface gain a foothold in both the consumer and enterprise markets.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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