Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

With Surface Tablet, Microsoft Stands Alone
Mashable ^ | June 19, 2012 | Lance Ulanoff

Posted on 06/19/2012 8:02:28 PM PDT by SmokingJoe

With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didn’t just break the mold. It smashed it into a million little pieces, chucked them all into the furnace and set the temperature to obliterate. There really is no precedent for what Microsoft did this week. What was once recognizable is gone. The expected is no more. There are no rules, only supply and the possibility of demand.

Microsoft finally built the tablet it wants to use for its platform: an ultra-thin, superlight, kick-stand-sporting, brainiac-cover wearing, touch screen wonder that elicited dozens of “I wants” in Mashable’s live blog chatter.

Surface is still wrapped in so much mystery (no pricing, no availability, no processor speed) that it remains something of an enigma. On the other hand, the tablet (which, depending on how you look at it, may be a full-blown tablet or a hybrid tablet PC) is no reference design. This is not the pad Microsoft wants its partners to build.

The partners are, at least in this instance, out of the picture.

This Is the Windows 8 Tablet

Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Toshiba and others will surely deliver dozens of Windows 8-based devices this year. Many will sport Intel CPUs. Some, like Asus and Lenovo, are planning tablets and convertibles. These may or may not be well-received. This is no longer Microsoft’s problem.

Or is it?

What, for example, does Microsoft say about Windows tablet design now? Can it point to anything but its own Surface tablet as the epitome of Windows 8 design? Not likely. And what about that very smart cover with the built-in touch or tactile keyboard (take your pick)? Microsoft won’t license that design to its partners. So it’s inevitable that Windows RT partners will always have second best covers.

(Excerpt) Read more at mashable.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: ipad; microsoft; microsoftsurface; microsofttablet; surface; surfacetablet; tablet; windows8
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-147 next last
Hands-On With Microsoft Surface Tablet for Windows RT

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/hands-on-with-microsoft-surface-tablet-for-windows-rt/

Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Shames the PC Industry

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-19/why-microsofts-surface-tablet-should-shame-the-pc-industry

1 posted on 06/19/2012 8:02:37 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe
With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didn’t just break the mold. It smashed it into a million little pieces, chucked them all into the furnace and set the temperature to obliterate. There really is no precedent for what Microsoft did this week. What was once recognizable is gone. The expected is no more. There are no rules, only supply and the possibility of demand.

Hyperbole much?

2 posted on 06/19/2012 8:07:50 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1246 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Can it make a hoagie?


3 posted on 06/19/2012 8:08:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Looks pretty cool and has received some great reviews. I have a buddy high up the food chain @ Microsoft who says availability won’t be until October.


4 posted on 06/19/2012 8:14:00 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Gee, another Microsoft device that will need security upgrades every two days, not to mention the OS will be outdated every year requiring a total upgrade ... another Microsoft money sinkhole.


5 posted on 06/19/2012 8:15:42 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: capydick
I have a buddy high up the food chain @ Microsoft who says availability won’t be until October

Sounds about right. Apparently, it will only be available in the physical Microsoft stores or online:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/home

It would seem Microsoft doesn't want to upset their PC partners too much by offering the Surface Tablet for sale in normal retail outlets.

6 posted on 06/19/2012 8:19:07 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: null and void

If it’s as Buggy and unreliable as MS based PCs, it won’t hold a candle to the Apple IPAD.


7 posted on 06/19/2012 8:21:09 PM PDT by libstripper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Interesting hardware, but very hard to evaluate until its cost, speed and battery life are known.


8 posted on 06/19/2012 8:21:09 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void

gimmne one of whatever he’s having!


9 posted on 06/19/2012 8:22:20 PM PDT by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
Gee, another Microsoft device that will need security upgrades every two days

Gee, another very predictable mindless Applebot screech. So what's new?
another Microsoft device that will need security upgrades every two days” huh?
Say, how many “security updates” have the Microsoft devices like the Microsoft computer mouse or keyboard or the XBOX 360 ever had(bear in mind that Microsoft has been one of the top computer mouse makers on the planet for DECADES).

10 posted on 06/19/2012 8:25:38 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Contrarian view: Early Facebook investors don’t like it = buy MS stock!


11 posted on 06/19/2012 8:27:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: doc1019; SmokingJoe

I think doc hit a nerve...


12 posted on 06/19/2012 8:27:43 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1246 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

It looks interesting, but their big mistake is releasing it with Windows 8. By now, most people just assume W8 will be unusable on release and are planning to wait for the next release, so they probably won’t be in a hurry to rush out and buy this. If that causes poor sales, is MS willing to wait it out until they can put out a W9 tablet?


13 posted on 06/19/2012 8:28:51 PM PDT by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: libstripper
If it’s as Buggy and unreliable as MS based PCs, it won’t hold a candle to the Apple IPAD

You wish.
Say, what's an iPad? A women's sanitary product? :)

14 posted on 06/19/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Boogieman
It looks interesting, but their big mistake is releasing it with Windows 8”

Naaaaah.
That's the best decision they have ever taken about a Microsoft tablet.

By now, most people just assume W8 will be unusable on release and are planning to wait for the next release, so they probably won’t be in a hurry to rush out and buy this”

Chuckle!
Keep kidding yourself.

15 posted on 06/19/2012 8:33:15 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Boogieman

No need to wait for Windows9. W8 SP2 should suffice.


16 posted on 06/19/2012 8:33:29 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1246 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Looking forward to owning one upon release. I have an iPad 1 and I’m ready to get free of the Mac way, but really like a tablet.


17 posted on 06/19/2012 8:42:14 PM PDT by SoDak
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

First of all, I am talking to you from a windows infected Gateway computer. I have been a user of windows since day one (window 3.00). I am just so darn tired of Microsoft’s penchant for giving us an incomplete and virus susceptible OS.

I would move on to Apple computers, just can’t afford them. I would rather stick with cheap windows compatible computers and be frustrated with the constant security updates and yearly upgrades to the next version of windows.

With all the resources of Microsoft, you would expect better.


18 posted on 06/19/2012 8:42:14 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

C’mon mac versus pc wars don’t even make sense if you really know what you’re doing.

BSOD (OSX) is great for certain important things. .NET is amazing for certain things. Linux is critical for certain things, traditional UNIX is too, and same for Spark and SunOS, oh even good ‘ol OS/2 Warp.....If you truly know what you are doing you would use a mix of the above or all of them to make a perfect system, depending on the function (in what I define perfect is a machine capable of doing anything at all asked of it, period).

I have a killer gaming/video/audio PC hand built that would knock most people’s socks off. I also have a Macbook Air (it runs Win7 and OSX) and an Iphone 4, I also have 3 linux partitions (Each different distros according to funtion). I have a few OSX and Win Server virtual machines. Each does one thing to complement them all.


19 posted on 06/19/2012 8:44:03 PM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Everyone assumes that if you criticize Microsoft you are a users of Apple products ... not necessary true. I just want Microsoft to get right.


20 posted on 06/19/2012 8:45:54 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: null and void
Hyperbole much?

Especially when they go on to say how the thing is all "wrapped in secrecy" and that no one knows anything about it.

21 posted on 06/19/2012 8:49:29 PM PDT by Cementjungle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe; All

22 posted on 06/19/2012 8:50:14 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
I am just so darn tired of Microsoft’s penchant for giving us an incomplete and virus susceptible OS.
I would move on to Apple computers

Windows 7 is at the very least as secure as any Apple desktop OS, if not more secure.

23 posted on 06/19/2012 8:50:26 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: musicman
Yeah, gimme Lie-nooks any day!


24 posted on 06/19/2012 8:53:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
Hacking contest organiser claims Windows 7 more secure than Mac OS X

http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2010/02/19/hacking-contest-organiser-claims-windows-7-more-secure-than-mac-os-x/

25 posted on 06/19/2012 8:54:14 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

? Not sure what you are trying to say ... I’m using windows 7.


26 posted on 06/19/2012 8:56:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: musicman
Hacking contest organiser claims Windows 7 more secure than Mac OS X

http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2010/02/19/hacking-contest-organiser-claims-windows-7-more-secure-than-mac-os-x/

27 posted on 06/19/2012 8:57:29 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: doc1019

“Gee, another Microsoft device that will need security upgrades every two days, not to mention the OS will be outdated every year requiring a total upgrade ... another Microsoft money sinkhole.”

Microsoft, still chrome plating their turd OS. PC’s are still like Slinky’s, they aren’t really much good, but it’s fun to kick them down a flight of stairs.


28 posted on 06/19/2012 8:58:06 PM PDT by vette6387
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
This is the second time you've mentioned yearly upgrades of Windows versions.

How can you upgrade every year to a new version of windows?
XP was released in 2001, Vista in 2006, and Windows 7 in 2009.
Are you installing beta versions?
29 posted on 06/19/2012 8:58:59 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!
Mac Virus Infects Over Half A Million Computers

http://thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu/2012/04/mac-virus-infects-over-half-a-million-computers

Widespread Virus Proves Macs Are No Longer Safe From Hackers

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/widespread-computer-virus-indicates-mac-users-no-longer-safe/

30 posted on 06/19/2012 8:59:34 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: doc1019

“With all the resources of Microsoft, you would expect better.”

They are just like Democrats, aren’t they! All horn, no driveshaft!


31 posted on 06/19/2012 9:01:47 PM PDT by vette6387
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: FreedomOfExpression
How can you upgrade every year to a new version of windows?
XP was released in 2001, Vista in 2006, and Windows 7 in 2009.
Are you installing beta versions?

He is an obvious Applebot troll. Called him out on that from the get-go.

32 posted on 06/19/2012 9:01:47 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe
Surface is still wrapped in so much mystery (no pricing, no availability, no processor speed) that it remains something of an enigma.

The MS Superficial may be available late Fall 2012 and the Pro in early 2013. When Apple has a major announcement, they say "And it's available starting today.". MS needs to learn this trick.

33 posted on 06/19/2012 9:01:55 PM PDT by roadcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Then why do I have to download security fixes once a month or better.


34 posted on 06/19/2012 9:02:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: doc1019

Instead of paying, let’s say $99 for each yearly upgrade of Windows (you must be running release #17 by now!) you could switch to a Mac for that price. Just a friendly suggestion.


35 posted on 06/19/2012 9:05:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Cementjungle
Especially when they go on to say how the thing is all “wrapped in secrecy” and that no one knows anything about it.

You don't need to know what chip is inside a product, or how much RAM it has, before you can have a hands on evaluation(which they did) of how it works. For example, do you know what processor is running your HDTV set?

36 posted on 06/19/2012 9:05:57 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: FreedomOfExpression

So I exaggerated a little, just seems like I get use to a version of windows and along comes yet another. I have windows 7 and all I hear about is window 8. Crap, get window 7 cleaned up and secure before you force me to go to window 8.

Force you say, yes, force. If I don’t move on to the next version of windows I will lose any support for the previous version with a short period of time.


37 posted on 06/19/2012 9:10:58 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: doc1019
Then why do I have to download security fixes once a month or better.

You also claimed that you did “yearly upgrades to the next version of windows”, when in fact Windows XP was released in 2001, Vista in 2006, and Windows 7 in 2009.
So you were in fact lying and trolling to push an obvious agenda.

38 posted on 06/19/2012 9:11:53 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: vette6387

AMEN!


39 posted on 06/19/2012 9:11:58 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: roadcat
” When Apple has a major announcement, they say “And it's available starting today.”. “

Who uses Apple other than teachers? Just a few other left wing wackos.
Real Americans use Windows or versions of DOS.

40 posted on 06/19/2012 9:18:06 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27"\)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe; doc1019

Apple computers and the Apple operating system are shit. Very susceptible to viruses, but their infrequency makes them less so because the buggers have less interest in bugging their infrequency.


41 posted on 06/19/2012 9:18:22 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: HereInTheHeartland

42 posted on 06/19/2012 9:20:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe
You don't need to know what chip is inside a product, or how much RAM it has, before you can have a hands on evaluation(which they did) of how it works. For example, do you know what processor is running your HDTV set?

If I were to write a "hands on" review of a HDTV set I would at least turn it on to see if it works. Being sleek and having a nice feel only goes so far for a computing device.

43 posted on 06/19/2012 9:21:05 PM PDT by Cementjungle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

“With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didn’t just break the mold. It smashed it into a million little pieces, chucked them all into the furnace and set the temperature to obliterate. There really is no precedent for what Microsoft did this week. What was once recognizable is gone. The expected is no more. There are no rules, only supply and the possibility of demand. “

Only a complete idiot could have written that.


44 posted on 06/19/2012 9:26:16 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HereInTheHeartland

Rather than deal with facts, MS bots get defensive and toss insults. I was a Windows and NT server administrator for many years, among my clients were police departments. They had a mix of Windows and Apple devices. At times I had to build network interfaces between the platforms. In the real world, it isn’t just teachers using Apples. Are you suggesting cops are left wing wackos?


45 posted on 06/19/2012 9:27:12 PM PDT by roadcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!
I wonder about the correlation between Apple ownership; and VW Bug ownership? The ones with the built in flower holders inside?
46 posted on 06/19/2012 9:27:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27"\)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

What, exactly, is my agenda?

That I am tired of an OS that starts out the gate with flaws. A history of OS’s that Microsoft is so urgently wanting to get out on the market that they are willing to put crap out there and spend the next several years fixing.

With all the resource and personnel that Microsoft has at their disposal, you would think that they might get it close the first time.

That is my agenda.


47 posted on 06/19/2012 9:29:16 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: roadcat

“Are you suggesting cops are left wing wackos?”

Probably. What city?


48 posted on 06/19/2012 9:30:37 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27"\)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: SmokingJoe

Mac Virus Infects Over Half A Million Computers


So basically.. All of them?


49 posted on 06/19/2012 9:31:47 PM PDT by cableguymn (If your policies are pushing the economy in to headwinds.. TURN YOUR POLICY AROUND!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: roadcat

50 posted on 06/19/2012 9:32:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-147 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson