Microsoft’s surprise tablet duo, the Surface RT and Surface Pro, caught many people off guard. So far, Surface RT sales have been described as modest, despite considerable launch hype and excitement over the innovative integrated keyboard covers.
The Pro model won’t be available until sometime next year, though. I expect the Surface — especially the Pro version — to be a big part of the tablet market through 2013. These are the first tablets to run Microsoft’s new, tablet-inspired OS, so Microsoft will push to make sure its tablet flagships remain highly visible.
The Windows Pro model in particular is likely to catch on in the enterprise market since it’s able to run Windows 8, including desktop Windows software applications. That significantly reduces the compromises required to use a tablet in place of a PC.