Is Microsoft Inching Apple Off the Computing Podium?

Is Microsoft Inching Apple Off the Computing Podium? | HTR

If there was any doubt in your mind about Microsoft’s hardware strategy, it should be erased after their announcements on October 6th. Microsoft is definitely gunning to penetrate Apple’s large hardware market share. But with names like Books and Pros from both vendors, it can all be so confusing when it comes to the best device to rent for your company, non-profit organization or law firm.

Microsoft Announcements

The Surface Book was announced on October 6, 2015 and it is Microsoft’s first laptop. According to Techcrunch, it goes head-to-head against Apple MacBook Pro, Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 and Toshiba Satellite Radius 12. And as of today, the Surface Book is completely out of stock -- it is that popular.

The Surface Pro 4 was also announced on October 6th and will be available for sale on October 26, 2015. Thinner, lighter and more powerful than the Surface Pro 3, this model has numerous improvements over its predecessor. According to The Verge, this device goes head-to-head with a MacBook Air.

Still Confused?

Let’s take a deeper look by comparing these two new Microsoft devices versus the Apple devices listed below and try to clear up any confusion you may have.

Surface Book versus MacBook Pro

Feature

Surface Book

MacBook Pro

Winner

Screen Size

13.5”

13.3”

Draw

Resolution

3000 x 2000

2560 x 1600

Surface Book

Processor

Intel Core i5 or i7

Intel Core i5 or i7

Draw

RAM

8 or 16 GB

8 or 16 GB

Draw

Storage

128 GB to 1 TB

128 GB to 1 TB

Draw

Front Camera

5 Megapixels

720 pixels

Surface Book

Rear Camera

8 Megapixels

None

Surface Book

Weight

3.34 pounds

3.48 pounds

Draw

Operating System

Windows 10

iOS 9

Draw

Number of Apps

385,000

1,500,000

MacBook Pro

Surface Pro 4 versus MacBook Air

Feature

Surface Pro 4

MacBook Air

Winner

Screen Size

12.3”

13.3”

MacBook Air

Resolution

2736 x 1824

1440 x 900

Surface Pro 4

Processor

Intel M3, i5 or i7

Intel Core i5 or i7

Draw

RAM

4, 8 or 16 GB

8 GB

Surface Pro 4

Storage

128 GB to 1 TB

128 GB to 512 GB

Surface Pro 4

Front Camera

5 Megapixels

720 pixels

Surface Pro 4

Rear Camera

8 Megapixels

None

Surface Pro 4

Weight

1.69 pounds

2.96 pounds

Surface Pro 4

Operating System

Windows 10

iOS 9

Draw

Number of Apps

385,000

1,500,000

MacBook Air

Key Conclusions

First, it looks like the Surface Book and MacBook Pro are more similar than dissimilar, and it really boils down to the type of operating system your employees are used to navigating with and the apps you are looking to run on the device.

Second, the Surface Pro 4 is superior or equal to the MacBook Air in every category – except applications. With the rollout of Windows 10, Office 16 and the Pro 4 later this month, developers are going to finally sink their teeth into this Microsoft platform and I believe a plethora of applications are just around the corner.

Third, if your office is considering a total replacement of your laptop inventory, now is the time to set up a testing area and rent all of these devices for a short period of time to determine which devices are best for your organization.

Lastly, it really all boils down to apps. While Apple is the dominate player in this arena, it doesn’t mean Microsoft cannot compete for your business. Ask your rental partner to load the apps that make the most sense for your business and test them out.

Hartford Technology Rental Has the Devices You Need

Hartford Technology Rental will begin renting Surface Book and Pro 4 beginning in November. Reserve your rental today by calling us today at 888-520-5667!