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Other manufacturers fill the gap
Exactly what I was thinking...the Acer, Samsung, Lenovo and Dell Windows 8 Pro tablets all fill a gap that Microsoft left between the RT and the Pro models. The Atom processor provides enough power to meet most casual business requirements while also providing the legacy application compatibility requirements of Win 8 Pro. They are lighter, more portable and have much longer battery life. Microsoft didn't have this processor available to them when they started designing the Pro - they may have gone the same way. When you consider these models, it is a nice compromise between power and portability.