Skip to comments.With Surface Tablet, Microsoft Stands Alone
Posted on 06/19/2012 8:02:28 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didnt 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 Mashables 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 Microsofts 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 wont license that design to its partners. So its inevitable that Windows RT partners will always have second best covers.
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Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Shames the PC Industry
Can it make a hoagie?
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.
Gee, another Microsoft device that will need security upgrades every two days, not to mention the OS will be outdated every year requiring a total upgrade ...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.
Sounds about right. Apparently, it will only be available in the physical Microsoft stores or online:
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.
If it’s as Buggy and unreliable as MS based PCs, it won’t hold a candle to the Apple IPAD.
Interesting hardware, but very hard to evaluate until its cost, speed and battery life are known.
gimmne one of whatever he’s having!
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).
Contrarian view: Early Facebook investors don’t like it = buy MS stock!
I think doc hit a nerve...
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?
Say, what's an iPad? A women's sanitary product? :)
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 wont be in a hurry to rush out and buy this”
Keep kidding yourself.
No need to wait for Windows9. W8 SP2 should suffice.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone assumes that if you criticize Microsoft you are a users of Apple products ... not necessary true. I just want Microsoft to get right.
Especially when they go on to say how the thing is all "wrapped in secrecy" and that no one knows anything about it.
Windows 7 is at the very least as secure as any Apple desktop OS, if not more secure.
? Not sure what you are trying to say ... I’m using windows 7.
“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.
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“With all the resources of Microsoft, you would expect better.”
They are just like Democrats, aren’t they! All horn, no driveshaft!
He is an obvious Applebot troll. Called him out on that from the get-go.
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.
Then why do I have to download security fixes once a month or better.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Who uses Apple other than teachers? Just a few other left wing wackos.
Real Americans use Windows or versions of DOS.
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.
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.
“With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didnt 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.
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?
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.
“Are you suggesting cops are left wing wackos?”
Probably. What city?
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So basically.. All of them?