Sales staff demonstrate the Microsoft Surface during the opening of Microsoft's retail store in New York's Times Square (Photo : Reuters)
Microsoft's Surface Pro will launch on Feb. 9, but contrary to recent reports the Redmond-based company will not ship the device with a full version of Office 2013 onboard.
The Surface Twitter page smothered speculation on the bundle when it published a statement which reads, "Microsoft Office does not come included with surface Windows 8 Pro, but is available separately. Have a nice day!" Notably, the scaled-back Surface RT, which launched last fall, offers Home and Student Office to consumers for free.
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CRN explains that the Surface Pro targets business owners, the largest revenue stream for the company's Office suites. Such a strategy would slash profit margins for Microsoft and simply doesn't make sense from a business perspective.
As for the Surface Pro's specs, the tablet-laptop hybrid features a multi-touch 10.6-inch screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, an integrated Intel GPU, up to 128GB of memory, and a new pressure sensitive pen tailored for graphic artists and image editing software. The Pro comes in both 64GB and 128GB flavors, priced respectively at $899 and $999.
The Pro's little brother, the RT, sports a 10.6-inch screen, but only displays at a 1366x768 resolution. A quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM fill out both 32GB and 64GB versions of the device.
On the Microsoft Office 2013 front, the company looks to transition most users to a subscription model. For starters, the traditional Office Standard will cost $369, while Office Professional Plus 2013 is priced at $499. Undergrads and doctoral students may want to check out Office Home & Student 2013 for $139.99. Meanwhile, Home and Business is priced at $219.99, and Office Professional 2013 runs $399.99. As for Office 365 Home Premium, consumers can nab the software bundle for $8.33/month. Office 365 Small Business Premium will be priced at $12.50/month, 365 University at $3.30/month, 365 Midsize Business at $15/month, and 365 Enterprise & Government at $20/month.