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How Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are better suited for businesses

Tim Greene | Sept. 11, 2013
The Windows tablet upgrades make them more mobile and suitable desktop replacements

As for the Surface 2, it will also have a new processor, TEGRA, that will help extend battery life. It gets a higher resolution display 1920x1080 up from 1366x768 pixels which can only enhance the user experience.

Still, with its lack of support for traditional Windows applications, it's handicapped as a business tablet. It also lacks the ability to join domains, although with Windows 8.1 Microsoft has worked out ways to improve security when the devices do connect to LANs.

Surface 2 comes with an abbreviated version of Microsoft Office, which makes it a more attractive business machine and is something missing from an iPad, with which Surface RT competes. Native Windows Modern applications are lacking.

While there are many attractive elements for businesses, these tablets are primarily consumer devices that will likely show up at work as BYOD devices, not corporate purchases.

Both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will have a two-position kickstand for propping them up when used in conjunction with a keyboard. This is not of particular use to businesses specifically, but the option of placing the screens at two different angles makes their use more flexible.


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