Ever since its existence was confirmed (yes, I remember the day quite vividly), people have considered the Surface Pro as a potential rival for the iPad and the multitude of Android slates.
Microsoft, however, seems to be going one up and think of the Surface Pro as the perfect solution for people looking to buy Apple’s ultrathin notebook as well.
In an IAmA session over at Reddit (where else?), Panos Panay, the head responsible for the Surface division at Microsoft, said that the upcoming tablet is a perfect replacement for all MacBook Air and iPad users that want to enjoy the power and flexibility of Windows 8 in a lightweight package:
“Surface Pro is perfect for the person that wants a MacBook Air and an iPad, but doesn’t want the weight or hassle of both devices. We didn’t skimp on the performance you need to run a business but gave it to you in a very portable package.”
So, a two-on-one fight for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, eh?
Understanding the iPad battle is easy, it’s a tablet versus tablet fight. But while the Surface Pro makes do without the clamshell design and keyboard of the Air, it does accomplish a lot of the functions of that thin and airy notebook from Apple.
What’s your take on this, folks? Does the Surface Pro have enough in it to really challenge both the MacBook Air and the iPad? Or it should be left to duke out with just the iPad and Microsoft should make plans for a good old Surface ultrabook.
You know, a 13 or 15 inch traditional ultrabook. Sound off below, and maybe Microsoft will hear you!