It’s been just a few hours since the announcement of the new Microsoft Surface Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, and the Redmond based tech giant has already started giving out promotions by connecting the tablet to the rest of the ecosystem. This clearly shows how big corporates such as Microsoft itself works. How it plans ahead, and the likes. Microsoft has just released an ad of the new Surface tablet with its recently acquired service, Skype. Yes, Microsoft says that the new Windows 8 and Windows RT Surface tablets are awesome with Skype.
The ‘about’ page on the new Surface site gives out some info about the tablets’ ability to make video calls and record videos. There are two LifeCam cameras, one on the rear and one front facing. And these cameras are ‘tuned for Skype,’ meaning that Microsoft is giving some direct competition to Apple with its iPad and FaceTime. Well, this would be really good. Not just this, but there are two microphones on either side of the tablet to record audio in stereo, and stereo speakers to hear what you have recorded.
There is a kickstand on the rear of the tablet, which you can kick open, place the tablet on the tablet and start recording your meeting, or anything else you want. The site says:
Surface has not just one, but two cameras. Use the front LifeCam to chat with the people that you care about. The rear-facing LifeCam is angled to 22 degrees so you can flip out the Kickstand and record meetings and events hands-free. Stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype help you sound like you are right next door.
There is no info about the resolutions of these two cameras on the tablet, but we can assume that the rear camera would be able to record 1080p videos and the front camera would be a 720p video recording capable camera. There is also no news if we would be able to make Skype video calls on when we are on a 3G or a 4G network. It would be really annoying if it is allowed only on Wi Fi networks. But I guess we will just have to wait and see what’s available.