Earlier today, Best Buy added the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro tablet to their website. The product page for the Surface Pro does not allow for ordering, or even pre-ordering, in advance of the February 9, 2013 release date. Instead, the page merely reads “Coming Soon” in place of the usual “Add to Cart” option.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a notebook-computer hybrid that features a touch screen, pen input device, and optional touch or type keyboard cover. The device will feature the full Windows 8 Pro operating system, unlike the Surface RT which featured only the ability to run Windows 8 applications and is not backwards compatible with Windows 7 (or earlier) software titles.
With an initial asking price of $899, it is unknown how this new hybrid device will fare on the market. Sales of the Windows RT platform have been relatively mediocre, but whether or not that is due to lack of interest or anticipation for a Windows 8 Pro experience is unknown. The Surface Pro is expected to be heavily tested within corporate environments as a mobile alternative to lesser powered Android and iOS devices that feature only mobile operating systems and lack the power of a full desktop environment.