Microsoft has some fantastic commercials for its Surface 2 tablet, but don’t believe the hype. The Surface 2 may have a gorgeous 1080p screen, an innovative keyboard cover and a neat flip-out stand, but it doesn’t actually run Windows. Instead, the tablet uses a hobbled operating system called Windows RT, which can’t run standard Windows programs, only new touch-friendly “Modern UI apps” from the new Windows store.
Windows RT looks exactly like Windows, which makes it all the more insidious. Your sister will love her new Surface 2 until she tries to install Photoshop Elements, iTunes, "World of Warcraft" or her Printshop card-making software and gets an error message saying that it’s incompatible. Meanwhile, you can get a full Windows tablet like the ASUS Transformer Book T100 for $399 with a keyboard dock while the Surface 2 costs $449 plus another $119 for its Touch Cover.
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