Microsoft to hold low key Surface Pro launch event in NYC

For the launch of both Windows 8 and the Windows RT version of the Surface tablet in October, Microsoft went all out with a big press event in New York City, which was later followed up that same day by a massive public event in Times Square that also marked the opening of the Microsoft Store in that landmark location.

By contrast, the launch of the Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet will be handled with a much more low key event. ZDNet.com reports that Microsoft will hold an invite-only reception in New York City on February 8th, where the lucky guests will be able to buy the tablet a few hours before it officially goes on sale to the public on February 9th. The reception will not be open to the press.

Microsoft will then hold the formal public launch event at the Best Buy store located in NYC's Union Square just before midnight on February 9th. As we reported earlier this week, Microsoft has now closed its massive Times Square location for its Microsoft Store, which was previously designated as a "holiday store".

With 10 days to go before the launch of the Surface Pro, Microsoft has still not indicated that it will offer people a chance to pre-order the tablet before the launch date.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via ZDNet.com

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Fritzly said
It has a touchscreen as well and yes, it is not cheap, but keep in mind that, at least for me, the ThinkPad is the Aston Martin of portables.
Well If I find one that is affordable for me and offers true touchscreen capabilities (both pen and finger), then I might consider it. Until I see such a thing, I'll be waiting for the Surface Pro

Out of the 64GB it should? Absolutely no device on the market offers the '64GB it should'.

Just format it and re-install Windows 8. Then you'll probably have about 47GB free.

You obviously didn't do your research. That's due to the recovery partition. If you don't want that, remove it and create your own recovery disk with a DVD or USB key. Then you'll get most of the GB back.

BoredBozirini said,
A tablet I have to bother with reinstalling the OS in order to get the advertised space? No thanks, why even bother.

There's no reinstalling the OS. It simply offers you an option of recovery the space lost by putting the recovery partition on a USB drive. Where did you get the idea that you have to reinstall the OS?

KevinN206 said,

There's no reinstalling the OS. It simply offers you an option of recovery the space lost by putting the recovery partition on a USB drive. Where did you get the idea that you have to reinstall the OS?

In order to get rid of that crap Office trial, all the extra apps, and the recovery partition, its easier to just reinstall. That said, I should not have to do it if I'm spending $900+ on a tablet. I guess its the iPad for me, Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

BoredBozirini said,

In order to get rid of that crap Office trial, all the extra apps, and the recovery partition, its easier to just reinstall. That said, I should not have to do it if I'm spending $900+ on a tablet. I guess its the iPad for me, Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

Actually, Microsoft doesn't add extra apps to the computers they sell. From what I remember, they call this 'Microsoft Signature'. So you're right, you don't have to do this. And deleting the recovery partition isn't hard. It's useful to have for some people, though.

But if you want a limited device, go ahead and get an iPad. You obviously made up your mind long ago. Anyway, if an iPad is good enough to meet your needs, you should be looking at a Surface RT instead of a Surface Pro.

BoredBozirini said
Does it still offer 23GB out of the 64GB it should? No wonder this is low key.
You should probably do your research next time.. The OS is obviously going to take up some room + the recovery partition.

BoredBozirini said
A tablet I have to bother with re-installing the OS in order to get the advertised space? No thanks, why even bother.
That alone tells me you don't have a clue about what you're talking about.. You don't have to re-install the OS (really..). If you don't want the recovery partition, then just remove it.

Are you aware that there are USB ports on the device allowing you to plug in USB drives for more storage..

BoredBozirini said
I guess its the iPad for me
If you're okay with using an inferior device such as the iPad, then go for it. If you look at it in terms of what it can do and what the Surface Pro can do you can clearly see that the iPad is rather limited.

Try a little research next time. Google is your friend.

Edited by dtourond, Jan 31 2013, 8:44am :

BoredBozirini said,

In order to get rid of that crap Office trial, all the extra apps, and the recovery partition, its easier to just reinstall. That said, I should not have to do it if I'm spending $900+ on a tablet. I guess its the iPad for me, Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

First thing first, if you think an iPad is an alternative to a Surface Pro, then you never really needed or understood the Surface Pro. You should consider an RT if you think the ipad is enough for your needs.

That said, you don't need to uninstall anything, thanks to the Refresh new feature in Win8 I'm sure you are aware of.

Regarding the space on the 64gb, I agree 23gb isn't enough really but as many already said there's an easy procedure to move the recovery partition on USB. Combined with the refresh option will drive you around 45-50 gb free, exactly how much I had on my slate 7 with 64gb after making a fresh install of win8

Lastly, while the price of 64gb can be appetible, a 128gb machine is definitely better for business usage, the primary market for Surface Pro. I bought a Slate 7 64gb because the 128gb wasn't readily available, but if I can choose I would go straight to 128gb

rfirth said,

Actually, Microsoft doesn't add extra apps to the computers they sell. From what I remember, they call this 'Microsoft Signature'. So you're right, you don't have to do this. And deleting the recovery partition isn't hard. It's useful to have for some people, though.

But if you want a limited device, go ahead and get an iPad. You obviously made up your mind long ago. Anyway, if an iPad is good enough to meet your needs, you should be looking at a Surface RT instead of a Surface Pro.


Ironically if reports are correct, Surface Pro can't be a Microsoft Signature because it includes Office 365 trial

Proof is in the pudding as they say . Low key launch of a over priced tablet that runs a full windows 8 .

I'm telling you this product is done before its launched .

Microsoft had its chance with $499 but killed any chance by shipping it with ARM and windows RT.

TurboShrimp said,
Proof is in the pudding as they say . Low key launch of a over priced tablet that runs a full windows 8 .

I'm telling you this product is done before its launched .

Microsoft had its chance with $499 but killed any chance by shipping it with ARM and windows RT.

The big launch in October was about Windows 8, rather than Surface line. Microsoft is still a software company, with very limited hardware portfolio.

Additionally, the Surface RT was the first PC directly produced by MS and more akin to consumer market, thus the importance of providing more exposure.

The PRo is a product for business market first, given the usage and cost.

Also, I expect very limited availability just like happened with RT, US market only at the beginning. Not exactly thw condition for a consumer device launch such as an iPad or a Galaxy S3

There's no point in educating TurboShrimp. He's been trolling every Surface article with the same nonsense in spite of any valid arguments raised.

What exactly is the problem with a low key launch, will that be the only opportunity to buy one? As long as they advertise it effectively once its available there's no need to go having a huge event that the mainstream press will only bash anyway.

i wouldn't mind one, but a tablet without 3G (or better), it's not a 'real' tablet... i still need to carry around a wifi-to-3g, making this tablet not as good as it could be...

every tablet can be better.
but this tablet will at least give you options with its usb ports.
so, if you want 3g, you can add a 3g usb dongle.

yes, that works, but defeat the point of having a tablet if i need to carry around "optionals" to just get it to work as one. Or better, for my own, i would need a 3G so to have connectivity doesn't matter where i'm, so having a dongle or something else, it's not as good as incorporate, because it's just another bothering thing that get broken/lost/forgotten

AlexMagik said,
i wouldn't mind one, but a tablet without 3G (or better), it's not a 'real' tablet... i still need to carry around a wifi-to-3g, making this tablet not as good as it could be...

Rumor is that a w 3G/4G/LTE version is "coming soon".

tom street said,
every tablet can be better.
but this tablet will at least give you options with its usb ports.
so, if you want 3g, you can add a 3g usb dongle.

And then you no longer have a free usb port for peripherals, rendering the usb support useless in case you're on the go. I don't think I understand the omission of 3G support. In 2013, tablets come with LTE... And are designed for mobility.

Yes I understand some peoples frustrations in terms of battery life (like me) however the fact is that there is a full blown Intel processor in there, which will allow you to install anything you want....that for the time being is the trade off until Haswell is out. It has USB 3.0, and SD expansion so if your crying about storage space at least its expandable. People are too concerned with the cons of this product.

ASUS, Dell, and Lenovo all get it... convertibles are an amazing extension in personal computing. Critics stuck in iPad hell can't get their heads around the concept that you no longer need to carry your iPad and MacBook Pro... the Win8 convertible does it all. The ASUS VivoTab with Win8 Pro, 12" IPS+ display uses the Intel Z2760 dual-core CPU for 8hrs on battery, while the Surface Pro (also made by ASUS), slides a i5 to up the performance specs but takes a hit on battery life. Like the desktop pc and notebook before it, lots of room for diversity in this new ecosystem.

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