Microsoft just went public with the pricing for Surface for Windows 8 Pro, the version of its tablet that runs full-fledged Windows 8 on Intel chips, supporting legacy applications and geared more for business users.

A 64GB version of Surface Pro will sell for $899, and a 128GB version will sell for $999. Neither of those versions will come with the signature Surface keyboard cover, which can be purchased separately. Microsoft says it will release the Surface Pro in January.

Microsoft had previously been mum on the Surface Pro pricing, except to say that it would be in line comparable Ultrabook-style PCs. The company’s existing Surface for Windows RT, which doesn’t run legacy applications, starts at $499 for a 32 GB version, or $699 for a 64GB version with a keyboard cover.

With both versions of the Surface, Microsoft is competing with companies that make Windows PCs, attempting to walk a fine line with its critical industry partners. Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cited the Surface as an example of the fact that “sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them.”

Earlier: Windows consumer sales down 21% in U.S. since Windows 8 launch

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  • guest

    Too expensive. If they’re going to keep the price so high to appease OEMs, why even bother coming up with it?

  • Bizdevguy

    This announcement should really help OEM holiday sales of their own W8 touch devices.

  • Guest

    Yeah, I can totally see masses of people spending $1000 for a tablet … NOT!
    For crying out loud, the touch cover alone costs about as much as a Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.

  • Guest

    Nice. $900 for a touchable laptop is great, plus I can use the keyboard and mouse I already own. I like it.

  • Troy Morris

    This price is fair, with one exception. A single, 3.0 USB connection.

    If it had two, there wouldn’t be a question in my mind. But with a single one… It’s not a clear winner over an ultrabook with a touch screen.

  • guest

    This pricing seems crazy, relative to laptop pricing. Who’s going to but these over a cheaper, equally functional tablet. Certainly not enterprise where cost is king.

  • Dave

    The Guests above who are claiming that this is too much for a tablet are missing the fact that this is way more than a tablet. This is a tablet that can also replace a laptop while traveling. I for one am extremely enthused at this price point – I’m a developer who will be able to leave my bulkier machine at home, but still be prepared to get things done while traveling. Can’t do that with an ordinary tablet.

  • meme72

    64gb touchscreen Surface Pro with detachable keyboard (w/choice of colors) = $1,030. 64gb Macbook Air with regular keyboard and no touchscreen (in any color you want as long as it is grey) = $1,000.

    • Mike Tyler Jr.

      For only $30 more, you get a lot more expandibility and power.

  • meme72

    Will the Pro version come with office installed? If not, for borderline users choosing between the two that would be something think of when comparing to the RT.

  • hartlbb

    yeah guys, it’s not a tablet, it’s a full laptop that can run ANY windows app. Big difference there.

  • guest

    The Verge is also reporting that it will have half he battery life of the RT version (ie. around 4 hours). Not good. Not good at all.

    • Guest

      Even 4 hours with an Intel Core i5 on board (17W or 35W) could be wishful thinking on a Surface Pro (42Wh). Afterall, that’s the whole reason why ARM rules mobile these days!

  • Thomas R.

    I think there are several interesting questions and points to consider here.

    To many consumers it seems like Microsoft has missed with the Surface Pro given its similar capabilities and pricing to ultrabooks. It’s almost as if the Surface Pro has an identity crisis. Is it a tablet trying to become a PC or a PC trying to be a tablet?

    What does Microsoft see the user using the Surface Pro for? It’s definitely not targeted towards the casual internet browsing, email checking consumer (because it’d be cheaper just to buy an iPad or Surface RT) and I dearly hope that Microsoft is not trying to position the Surface Pro as such.

    However when one considers the demands of enterprise clients, the Surface Pro somewhat makes more sense. The extra computing power to run office and other programs, backwards compatibility for legacy apps, etc. They will still have to compete with OEMs but given Microsoft’s existing relationships, they should be able to sell the Surface Pro. (Perhaps bundle it with a service contract)

    Overall, I don’t see the Surface Pro getting widespread adoption with consumers, but I believe Microsoft can make more headway with enterprise customers.

    (And I must say, it is difficult to type on the Surface Pro with touch keyboard cover in your lap. As a business traveler I would opt to stick with a laptop.)

  • toddwseattle

    so far i’m finding the windows 8 form factors frustrating. I use everyday a Samsung slate form factor running windows 8. I cannot recommend it. The Bluetooth keyboard and no mouse means even with touch I’m always carrying a boatload of accessories (and extra batteries for the kb). The battery life is so horrible you have to be near an outlet (4hr if you are lucky). it has 128gb; and for me that’s too small to include things like music; so I keep that on an extra hard drive (more stuff).
    I LOVE being able to use onenote with a pen; as well as real outlook (the win8 mail applet is poor). So I’ve considered the thinkpad convertible…I used an earlier version of this when I worked at MS; and it was slow but great generally. No one has an “updated” convertible. All the screens on these are also 11″ or less; vs. a conventional laptop form factor where, like with the air, you can go to 13″.
    So much of what I want to do requires a keyboard. Even with the “snap-in” design of pro; this isn’t a “laptop” in the sense it won’t stand up on your lap. This scenario comes up more than you would expect. 128GB is too little storage (13″ air can go upto 512GB).
    Lots will and has been written about win8 software. I find it to be a “muddle forward” rather than a breakthrough. The new office however, is JUST TERRIFIC.
    but having a slate-ish device with poor battery life has caused me to use my ipad a lot more; even though it’s really hard to do any sort of productivity work.

  • seamus

    Folks, this device competes with ultra notebooks, not tablets and is targeted toward the Enterprise. You can run all your legacy applications on it as well as the new Metro style applications. The price is more than fair.

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