Sunday, 28 October 2012

Microsoft Surface Vs. Apple iPad

 

In this blog post I am going to compare the Apple iPad (and iOS) with the Microsoft Surface (and Windows RT) to see what the big differences are. I'm not going to get into specs, because specifications are not important these days, especially with the latest generations of Windows and iOS. What I am going to compare is what the Surface has in terms of features and compare that to the Apple iPad. I also won’t be counting apps, because that is a pointless exercise. There are way too many rubbish apps out there. You don't need 1000 alarm clock apps on your application marketplace to make it a good platform.

This comparison will be between the iPad and the Surface, but most of the compared items will also apply to other Windows RT tablets from ASUS, HP and others.

Feature

Microsoft Surface

Apple iPad

Notes

Multiple User Accounts

Yes

No

Each user has a customised environment

USB Host

Yes

No

Printing, USB Disk support, etc

Split-screen multitasking

Yes

No

Run two apps at the same time sharing the screen

Productivity Suite Yes No Office RT is included on the Surface. You can purchase apps from the App Store for iOS

Remote Desktop

Yes

No

Remote Desktop apps are available from the App store

Shell Access

Yes

No

PowerShell is available on Windows RT

I will add to this list as I learn more…

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