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Can it be used with Chrome?
My browser isn't just a browser, it's part of my workflow. I rely on a series of extension to flow links and other elements from Web pages into my work and without those extensions, it would take me considerably longer to do my job.
Similar extensions exist in the Windows version of Firefox and even, to a limited extent, in desktop IE. But they don't exist in tablet browsers.
64-bit iPad 5: No. The iPad has Chrome (it's the browser I use when using the iPad), but the iPad Chrome doesn't support extensions.
Surface 2 RT: No. The Surface 2 RT doesn't even support desktop Chrome because RT doesn't support any desktop apps.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes, do you even need to ask?
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Can it be used with Outlook?
I use my iPad, my Android phone, and my iPhone quite nicely with their native email apps and the Exchange server I use as part of my Office 365 subscription. Even so, I use Outlook as a production environment, a correspondence database going back to 2002, and a planner.
Transitioning off of Outlook to something else would be difficult and isn't something that would be worth my time, so how do our tablets do here?
64-bit iPad 5: No. The iPad has a number of great email apps and Office clones, but none are able to hold the gigabytes of data I keep in my Outlook data store.
Surface 2 RT: Yes, finally. The Surface RT didn't support Outlook. Why? Nobody knows. It was another baffling decision on the part of Microsoft. However, the Surface 2 RT does support Outlook, so there's actually a check in the win column for the RT.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes, but of course.
Can it be used for anything I need, even if I don't know it now?
Can it be used to do whatever I need, from video transcoding to DVD playback to conferencing using whatever tool the client wants to anything else I need?
What about all those demands we put on our work machines that we can't predict? Each new day introduces new ideas and new projects. I need a machine that can handle almost all of them with ease.
64-bit iPad 5: Not really. The iPad is surprisingly capable, but also has baffling limitations based on how iOS is designed.
Surface 2 RT: No. Not at all. Don't even think about it.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. If you get the version with 8GB RAM and a pretty big SSD, this is a pretty capable business machine.