After the launch of the new Surface Go yesterday, it is necessary to take a moment to think about the positioning of this device in Microsoft's Surface device portfolio. The design of the tablet is based on the price factor - it has undergone some rigorous engineering to achieve a retail price of $ 399 - and many compromises have been made. Microsoft clearly believes that this is good for its purpose, but what is its purpose?
Apple held in MarcheducationThe theme conference attracted a lot of attention on the Internet, mainly becauseiPadThe series is updated and the new entry-level iPad is priced at $329. Microsoft has also built a tablet that focuses on the cloud, and its price is similar to Apple's new entry-level iPad, and its functionality may be similar.
However, although Microsoft will be happy to see Surface Go take over the education market, there are signs that it is not a real target market.
The first is architecture. The blog post on Surface Go highlights the choices and benefits of processors, but it's clear that these benefits come at the expense of ultimate speed.
"This device is powered by Intel's 7th generation Pentium Gold processor 4415Y and features a fanless design with a battery life of up to 9 hours. Our team works closely with Intel to optimize power and performance for the most important tasks people perform every day. And battery."
Surprisingly, Microsoft chose the Intel Pentium processor instead of Intel's more ambitious products, or more futuristic products, such as the SnapDragon system chip.
What will the Pentium chip support? Traditional application. Unlike an iOS-powered iPad or a web-focused Chromebook,Windows10 retains the ability to run legacy Windows applications. Although there aren't many schools that still run WordStar, the use of older code will be numerous and difficult to port to newer platforms.
Now, Surface Go supports legacy applications that will be able to run a variety of applications in the enterprise space, so it's usually well integrated into the business environment.
Naturally, the product can be used in a variety of environments, so it can be taken out of the office for outdoor use. Fortunately, the Intel chip means that fanless cooling is feasible, and the design of the product does not allow annoying air to enter the device. Microsoft also offers rugged protective covers that meet MIL military standard specifications.
Other features of the device include: NFC support (using RFID to help manage inventory) forvideoThe conference's front-facing camera, "Windows Hello" biometric security feature, is up to nine hours long enough to support the battery life of a day's work. Of course, consumers can also choose other products in the Surface series, such as high-end, expensive? Surface Book and Surface Pro. With Surface Go, you have a portable product that easily meets the needs of your office.
Surface Go will be a reliable choice in the education market, and joining Windows S will also help with management. Microsoft’s blog post also focuses onOffice365, this is a comparison between the Surface Go and the cloud-based Chromebook. The Surface Go is suitable for a variety of scenarios, but the real battle may not happen in the education market. The product is expected to appear in many workshops, building parks and warehouses. These places all need a lightweight, powerful computer that needs to support traditional applications, has full-day battery life, and supports connectivity.serverAnd the cloud, and strong enough.
Microsoft's Surface Go is the kind of industrial tablet that many people have been looking forward to.