Emerging Technology

Microsoft Surface tablet will initially be WiFi-only

Andrew Sadauskas /

Microsoft’s surface tablet will initially be released as a WiFi-only device and will not be capable of connecting directly to mobile networks, according to reports.

According to Bloomberg, despite the fact that Apple has offered mobile connectivity in the iPad since its initial release in 2010 and Samsung released a 4G Galaxy Tab in Australia in February, sources within Microsoft say that the initial Windows RT version of the Surface will not offer similar connectivity.

The news comes amid mounting speculation about Google unveiling its Nexus 7 tablet, alongside a growing list of limitations for the Surface’s Windows RT tablet operating system, including incompatibility with desktop PCs, allegations of Microsoft blocking competing web browsers such as Firefox or Chrome, and a lack of support for Active Directory networking tools.

The lack of key details surrounding the hardware, including pricing and specifications, has led blogger Paul Wallbank to describe the Surface as “vapourware”.

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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