Microsoft Pro version of Surface tablet prices at $899

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Microsoft said on Thursday, Microsoft’s Surface tablet running a full version of Windows 8 Pro will start selling in January for $899.if you want a keyboard cover and the popular Office suite of software you will have to pay more.

The current Surface runs only specially designed applications from Microsoft and others sold through the company’s online store, which is uses the slimmed down Windows RT operating system. The Pro version of Surface will also run regular Windows applications written for desktops and laptops. “It’s a full PC AND a tablet,” Surface general manager Panos Panay wrote in a blog post Thursday.

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The announced price is in line with Microsoft’s earlier statements that the Pro version would cost about the same as slim, lightweight laptops known as ultrabooks.The Surface includes a stylus and software that disregards touches from one’s palm while writing on the touch screen. But the detachable touch-sensitive keyboard cover is sold separately. The Touch Cover with keys printed on it costs $120, while the Type Cover with depressable keys is priced at $130.

The Pro version of Surface will equipped with Intel’s Core i5 processor, which Microsoft said gives it a graphics boost compared with the RT version. The 64 gigabytes version priced $899, while 128 GB version priced $999. The RT versions with 32 GB model has only 16 GB of usable memory, while the 64 GB model has 45 GB available.

The RT versions are available only at Microsoft’s stores and websites. The Redmond-based company did not say whether the Pro versions will be sold elsewhere as well.

All versions of Surface come with a slot to expand memory and a USB port for peripherals. The Pro version of Surface comes with a newer, faster USB 3.0 port, while the RT version has 2.0.

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