The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's latest attempt to gain a foothold in the mobile device market.
Several Surface Pro 3 features are unique among tablets, from its kickstand and Type Cover keyboard to its ability to run native desktop applications. But Microsoft's late start and lack of traction in the market have many potential buyers hesitant to pull the trigger, including those in enterprise IT. High Surface Pro 3 pricing is also an issue for some.
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If you're considering enterprise tablet adoption and want to evaluate the Surface Pro 3, the answers to these three questions will help you get started.
Who are Microsoft's target customers?
Microsoft made a conscious effort to give its new tablet a more PC-like look and feel. It uses Intel processors and has ports for USB and Ethernet. These Surface Pro 3 features, plus the fact that the device can integrate with enterprise IT infrastructure, give Microsoft a fighting chance against the iPad among business buyers.
Check out the future of Microsoft's mobile devices in the enterprise.
What are the best and worst Surface Pro 3 features?
Combining the power of a PC with the form factor of a tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is a great option for on-the-go workers who really need to be productive. Its 12-inch display, kickstand and Type Cover keyboard make it easy for users to do real work. But this power comes at a high cost. Surface Pro 3 pricing starts at $799 -- $300 more than the cheapest iPad Air -- and high-end configurations can exceed $1,400 when you add in the cost of a Type Cover, which is sold separately.
Get the full rundown in this review of the Surface Pro 3.
What's going on with Windows RT?
The Surface Pro 3 runs the latest full version of Windows, Windows 8.1. Windows RT, a scaled-down version of the operating system that runs on ARM processors, last appeared on the Surface 2, which Microsoft released in the fall of 2013. The company did not release a Surface 3 when the Surface Pro 3 launched in June of 2014, leading to speculation about the future of Windows RT. There have been rumors that Microsoft will release an RT-powered Surface Mini to compete against Apple's iPad mini, but the company has not officially commented.
Find out what Surface Pro 3 could mean for the future of Windows RT.