Microsoft’s first ever tablet, the Surface RT, has been rather slow off the blocks. And one of the reasons cited for the low sales number is the inevitable arrival of the Pro version later this month.

A Pro version that will run the full version of Windows 8 and offering support of all sorts of legacy Windows software — pitting the slate straight into battle with laptops and ultrabooks.

This alone will be enough for most businesses to replace laptops with Surface Pro once the tablet hits the store shelves.

In fact, German business software giant SAP already confirmed its plans to buy Surface Pro tablets for all employees. Speaking to the Times of India, SAP said that Apple’s wildly successful iPad is not the one that will take the place of laptops in the corporate sectors. Surface Pro, on the other hand, will.

As far as the Surface Pro is concerned, while Microsoft is yet to announce the launch day of its flagship tablet, word on the street is that it will see the light of the day on January 29.

Panos Panay, the head of the Surface project at Microsoft recently confirmed in a tweet that the tablet is now in production, and set to launch in the next couple of weeks:

“On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks.”

Only few days remain, then.

It will be quite interesting to see how consumers and the business world take to the Pro version of Microsoft Surface. Microsoft’s long term tablet success will be defined by this.

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