Microsoft’s highly-anticipated Surface RT tablet is available in stores starting today, which includes the pop-up stores that the company set up across the nation in anticipation of the tablet’s launch.
Those who were seeking to avoid the lines that are undoubtedly piling up at most retail stores and preordered the Surface RT will receive their tablet today.
The 32 GB model has a starting price of $500. Adding a Touch Cover (similar to Apple’s Smart Cover, but with a touch-sensitive keyboard) runs customers an extra $100. For $700, customers can get the 64 GB model of the Surface RT as well as a Touch Cover.
More about this Tablet
As the name implies, the Surface RT runs Windows RT, rather than a pure version of Windows 8. While this variation on Windows 8 is built to support ARM-based chips and provide better battery life, it does have certain shortcomings, such as the inability to any apps other than those found in the Windows Store. Similarly, its version of Office 2013 is a “preview” version with certain limitations, with a full version coming later.
For more information about Windows 8, have a look at our video preview.