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Microsoft should forget the Surface, stick to the Pro 2-in-1 line

Gregg Keizer | March 30, 2015
Microsoft will resuscitate its Surface tablet with a new model powered by Windows 8.1, ditching the flop that was Windows RT for a lower-priced device, according to an online report.

The return of a Surface would mark a revamped strategy for Microsoft, which gave up on the Surface 2 earlier this year. Around the same time, the company confirmed that Windows RT-powered devices would not be able to upgrade to Windows 10.

Switching to Intel and Windows 8.1 — and later Windows 10 — would eliminate one of the loudest objections to the Surface RT (subsequently renamed Surface) and Surface 2 tablets, that they were incapable of running traditional Windows desktop software.

"Microsoft absolutely needs to stick with Intel," O'Donnell said. "The Windows RT experiment is officially a failed experiment."

If Microsoft does restore a Surface to its 2-in-1 line, O'Donnell doesn't expect the company to change its policy of selling the keyboard separately. He also criticized that decision. "It's a mistake not to bundle the keyboard [with the device]," he said.

WinBeta, without citing sources, said that Microsoft would introduce a revamped Surface at the company's Build developer conference, which is slated to run April 29-May 1 in San Francisco, and start selling the tablet soon after that.


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