Microsoft launched the Surface 3 fitted with Windows 8.1 and some beefy specs. It is the first of the original Surface lineup to not run Windows RT, to the applause of most Microsoft fans.
Having full Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can be upgraded when it launches. Should be a big seller for customers worried about the full desktop experience. The only worry now is hefty professional applications and video games will not run well, but at least there is the option.
To lower the costs to $499, Microsoft has decreased the screen size and resolution to 10.8-inch, 1920 x 1080 display as compared to the Surface pro 3. The Surface 3 also runs on Intel Atom, a low grade processor that has started seeing some adoption on mobile.
PC applications will not run on the Surface 3. There should be enough power to run most of the common apps and more than enough for web browsing.
Office applications will not come pre-installed. A small price to pay for having a wider selection of PC applications readily available, instead of being locked away because the platform won’t allow them to be downloaded.