Hands-on with Microsoft’s $499 Surface 3, arriving May 5 sans Windows RT

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Windows RT, Microsoft’s Windows 8 spinoff that only ran touch-friendly apps, kinda sucked. The Surface and Surface 2 it powered were admittedly nice pieces of hardware, but the ecosystem of touch apps just wasn’t there. Windows RT couldn’t escape the shadow of legacy applications, so the people who did buy a Surface gravitated to the more powerful – and more expensive – Pro series to run ‘real’ software. Enter Microsoft’s new $499 Surface 3, available for preorder today and due for release May 5. This time it’s running full-fledged Windows 8.1 – Windows 10 is a free upgrade upon release…



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