Head-To-Head: Microsoft Surface 2 Vs. Surface RT


The Bottom Line

Surface 2 comes with Windows RT 8.1, the latest crippled version that has no Start menu, runs only RT-compatible apps downloaded from the Windows Store and nothing made for Windows XP, Windows 7 or x86 hardware. If all that's OK, then a starting price of $449 with a 32-GB SSD, MS Office and 200 GB of SkyDrive storage might start to look pretty good. When Surface 2 begins shipping on Oct. 22, it will cost $349 with a 32-GB SSD.