Can a Microsoft Surface really replace a laptop? Chris Salter investigates
Microsoft released the Surface range of tablets back in 2012. They were tablets, running Windows 8, designed to show the tablet functionality of the Windows 8 system. However, these made use of Windows RT, a full version of Windows 8 that was programmed to work on ARM-based processors and didn't run on the standard x86 processors used in PCs, and so were limited in the ability to work with normal programs. This meant that the Surface didn't really appeal to all but the die hard Windows users and were essentially tablets solely for using Office. Microsoft had written the Office suite to be used on Windows RT and the Nvidia Tegra powered tablets, but the majority of the other software available for computers cannot run on this architecture and therefore was rendered useless. The tablet never really took off, although it did receive reasonable reviews here and there, but the biggest flaw was its incompatibility with new programs.