Microsoft releases Surface "Getting Started" PDF guide

On Saturday, Microsoft launched the Surface Pro tablet, and quickly sold out of the more expensive 128 GB model. The owners of both the new Surface Pro and the previously released Surface RT tablet now have a quick resource to get started using the 10.6 inch tablet.

Microsoft quietly launched a new "Getting Started" guide for the Surface tablets in PDF format over the weekend. While this is apparently the first version of the guide that has been released, it does offer information on how to get started with both the Surface Pro and the Surface RT tablet, including highlighting the differences between the two products.

The guide offers up some little known facts about each tablet. One of them is that the power supply for the Surface RT tablet, which has 24 watts, can still be used to charge the Surface Pro tablet. However, it will take much longer to charge the Surface Pro with the Surface RT power supply.

Another difference is in how each tablet handles "sleep mode". While the Surface Pro turns itself off like a laptop, the Surface RT tablet goes into "connected standby" mode, which keeps the tablet connected to its wireless network.

In any case, this new PDF file is a very nice, if general, one stop location for people who want to learn the differences between the two tablets.

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The 48 watt power supply on the surface pro can also be used on the surface rt as well.

No printed User's Manual, as one gets with a laptop or desktop system? How cheap. The assumption is that a new buyer has access to the Internet to download and can print the PDF file. (That smacks of arrogance.)

Useful, but how bizarre to release this months AFTER the release of Surface RT itself.

Part of Win8's image problem is probably due to the very poor job that MS has done in actively teaching how to use it (exemplified by the woefully inadequate little video tutorial during Win8 setup). Why has this taken so long to produce?

If the information about how to use Win8 is so necessary (as the guide indicates on page 8: "Important: There are a few key things you must know to successfully navigate the new Windows. If you read nothing else in this guide, be sure and read this and practice on your Surface"), why wasn't it much more widely disseminated, months ago?

Edited by gb8080, Feb 11 2013, 11:03pm :

gb8080 said,
Useful, but how bizarre to release this months AFTER the release of Surface RT itself.

Part of Win8's image problem is probably due to the very poor job that MS has done in actively teaching how to use it (exemplified by the woefully inadequate little video tutorial during Win8 setup). Why has this taken so long to produce?

If the information about how to use Win8 is so important (as the guide indicates on page 8: "Important There are a few key things you must know to successfully navigate the new Windows"), why wasn't it much more widely disseminated, months ago?


All of the OS instructions are available just by typing "help" on the start screen. That's about as widely disseminated as it needs to be.

siah1214 said,

All of the OS instructions are available just by typing "help" on the start screen. That's about as widely disseminated as it needs to be.

Type in h - e - l - p . Ah, memories of the good old DOS days. But not everyone will remember that that was what we used to do.
Why no tile? No button? No link? No document? Your post sums up the problem.

gb8080 said,

Type in h - e - l - p . Ah, memories of the good old DOS days. But not everyone will remember that that was what we used to do.
Why no tile? No button? No link? No document? Your post sums up the problem.

Omg finally someone that knows what he's talking about., gb I don't understand Windows 8, help me!!!

Pluto is a Planet said,

Omg finally someone that knows what he's talking about., gb I don't understand Windows 8, help me!!!

Easy - install Start8, stay away from Metro and its ridiculous DOS-era fullscreen apps (not metro but retro!), run everything from the desktop and in windowed mode, just like Win7 !

Don't get me wrong, I like the performance improvements in Win8 and I run it every day on my laptop. But for a desktop WIMP system, the UI is (in my personal opinion) a very poor regression from Win7. And if MS were going to change it so significantly, they should have done a much better job in educating users. Hence the backlash.

gb8080 said,

Easy - install Start8, stay away from Metro and its ridiculous DOS-era fullscreen apps (not metro but retro!), run everything from the desktop and in windowed mode, just like Win7 !

Don't get me wrong, I like the performance improvements in Win8 and I run it every day on my laptop. But for a desktop WIMP system, the UI is (in my personal opinion) a very poor regression from Win7. And if MS were going to change it so significantly, they should have done a much better job in educating users. Hence the backlash.

Roflllll you actually told me to install a Start Menu app!!

PS: I like the fact that the apps I run get to use as much real estate as possible It means there is no waste of borders, title bars, or unnecessary controls in every screen. Plus, I don't use more than two apps at a time (you can only actively use one at a time anyway) and I never did scroll through the Start Menu in Windows 7 to find apps, I just searched (just as I do in Windows 8).

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