Surface Book Is Microsoft's New Viral Hit

Posted: Oct 7 2015, 6:03am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 7 2015, 4:30pm CDT, in News | Technology News

Surface Book is Microsoft's New Viral Hit

Surface Book was the top query on Google by a big margin yesterday. Microsoft has now a laptop that tops Apple Macbooks in versatility.

Microsoft unveiled in yesterday's Windows 10 Devices event the Surface Book. The industry rumors did miss that one and Surface Book was the big surprise of the Microsoft hardware event.

Tons of Microsoft fans took to Google yesterday to find out more about the Surface Pro. Google ranked "Surface Book" as the top query of yesterday, October 6 with over 500,000 queries. The runner up query has only 200,000. The Surface Book introduction video has almost 1.5 million views within less than 24 hours.

Whether the initial excitement will translate into big Surface Book sales numbers remains to be seen. It is expensive with a starting price of $1,499.

Microsoft invested a lot of design smarts into the Surface Book. It can be transformed into three configurations: Laptop, clipboard and canvas. In the clipboard configuration that screen comes off the keyboard and the Surface Book becomes a Surface tablet. The canvas configuration the stays on the keyboard part, but faces the other way to function as a tablet.

The overall look is very much like an Macbook Pro. The only obvious difference is the complicated looking hinge. The Surface Book features a 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen with 3,000x2,000pix resolution. It can be configured with an 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU. Other features include up to 16GB RAM, HD Graphics 520/NVIDIA GeForce GPU, 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD Card reader, 5MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, 128GB/256GB/512GB/1024GB SSD options and up to 12h battery life.

Included in the box is a Surface Pen. The Surface Book runs on Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 10 Pro has additional functionality for enterprise users. It has all the features of Windows 10 Home plus encryption, remote log-in, creating virtual machines, and more.

The Surface Book starts at $1,499 and is available for pre-order now. Microsoft will start shipping the Surface Book on October 26.

Microsoft builds on the success of the Surface Pro tablets and takes that momentum into the laptop category. The sophisticated design and high performance options set it apart from the Laptop offerings of Microsoft's hardware partners. The starting price of $1,499 is bringing the Surface Book into the price-range of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Below is the first Surface Book commercial.

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