Just like the US president before them, the team behind Microsoft's Surface tablet took to Reddit to answer user questions about their upcoming device.
During the far-reaching conversation, the development team touched upon Surface-related questions about design and reasons behind specific functionality. Of note, the team specifically talked about why the Surface lacks near-field communication (NFC) support.
The Surface team's general manager Panos Panay said that a focus on design prevented Microsoft's tablet from receiving NFC technology. He pointed to the tablets metal backing as being a poor choice for an NFC antenna and called the decision to drop NFC a trade-off Microsoft had to make.
Surface designers also reported that the 32GB hard drive would be smaller on arrival because of the size of the new Windows OS. According to the team after the installation of the OS and other pre-selected apps hard drive space would be reduced to 20GB. Luckily for Surface fans the tablet comes with an SD card slot reader for added space.
Seeing as how it took Microsoft months to reveal the price of the new tablet, at the very least it feels good to finally be getting some Surface-related answers. But obviously more is still to come.
With the Surface expected to drop in just over a week many people are still wondering what to expect from Microsoft's newest piece of hardware. Will the keyboard/cover work? Is the price to high for it to stay competitive? How will Microsoft make sure the Surface doesn't end up like the Zune?
Despite the onslaught of Surface marketing and the Reddit conversation many of those questions still remain unanswered. Expect things to become much clearer when the tablet offically comes to market on 26 October.
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