If you aren’t a follower of my social media streams you might have missed my big news. I have recently signed on to be a Windows Influencer! My first job as an influencer – to embrace the Windows 8 environment completely so that I can bring you cool apps, new releases and help you get the most out of your Windows devices. To make that possible Windows offered to send me one device for all of my needs. After talking with them in-depth about what technology I am currently using in my day-to-day life we decided that a Windows Surface Pro 2 loaded with Office 2013 would be my one device. To make using it easier they added in a Type Cover 2.
In the spirit of embracing Windows 8 completely I decided that a 30 day challenge was in order. For the next 30 days I am going to tuck away all of my other technology, excluding my phone, and only use the Surface Pro 2. I admit I was a bit skeptical about giving up all of my tech and replacing it with one device, but even after just a few days with the Surface Pro 2, I think will get along just fine. Instead of blogging and editing photos on my laptop, reading on my Kobo Glo, taking late night notes on my Note 8 and using my iPad for the kids and in the kitchen I will be using the new Surface Pro 2.
Surface was designed to be the one device for everything in your life. Every Surface offers ports, Office compatibility, and Covers. Whatever you want to imagine, create, and share—Surface makes it possible to do it all. And more.
The Surface Pro 2 offers the convenience of a tablet, but with a robust operating system and speed that rivals if not exceeds my current laptop. With a next-gen Intel Core i5 processor it provides incredibly fast performance and usability. The Windows 8 interface was daunting at first, has become as easy to use as the Windows 7 interface. I love that a tablet runs all the Office 2013 programs I need for business. It is also capable of running Lightroom 5 which I use to edit my Raw camera files. Everything can then be seamlessly uploaded to OneDrive so it can be accessed and shared from the cloud, which frees up memory in my device. Each Surface Pro 2 comes with 200GB of free space in One Drive which is more than enough for all your photos and documents. Also included is a year of Skype. Another aspect of the Surface Pro 2 that I love is the wide range of apps that are available. While there isn’t as large a catalogue of apps as the android and apple environments, Windows 8 does offer alternatives that are as good as if not better than some of your favourite apps. In addition to the usual social media applications Windows 8 offers:
- Games like Flow, Floppy Bird, Frozen Free Fall and Minion Rush
- Music apps like Slacker Radio, Xbox Music and Songza
- Flipboard to stay on top of your social streams and favourite blogs.
- Kobe, Kindle and Next Issue to help you keep on top of your reading
- Netflix and the Xbox One Smartglass to streamline your video viewing experience.
- Cocktail Flo and Bing Food and drink for all my recipe and drink recipes.
- Fresh Paint for creating art.
Stay tuned to my social networks and follow @WindowsCanada the #BetterWithWindows8 hashtag as I share my thoughts on the device in real-time. Each week on the blog I will also be sharing my favourite apps and how I am using the Surface Pro 2 in my daily life. One of the cool things I have already discovered is that you can use a spilt screen. This is perfect for taking notes while Skyping, or for doing research while blogging.
Have you tried Windows 8 or the Microsoft Surface?
Disclosure – A sample was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.