Yours truly has been using Windows 8 on a Samsung Series 7 slate since May 2012, and it’s been my main machine the whole time. I do all of my productivity work on it, including code authoring with Visual Studio. I haven’t used a mouse in any serious way since May; touch and stylus are an addictive combination.

Samsung Series 7 slate running Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8. Note the appearance of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs, the One True Living Slackmaster, on the left. Jim Galasyn

Ever since Microsoft announced the Surface, I’ve been waiting eagerly for the Pro model to arrive. It’s almost here. Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface, has announced pricing and availability details.

Available: January 2013
64GB standalone version: $899
128GB standalone version: $999

More from Panos:

On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor. This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920x1080 full HD resolution. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. […]

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run your current Windows 7 desktop applications – it’s a full PC and a tablet. And all this in a PC that will weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick.

This will be my new main machine. Only another few weeks of waiting…

Surface Pro by Microsoft

Next Up for the Surface Family: Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing

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