Microsoft unveils 'Surface' - its own tablet
We've only just begun to see the tip of the iceberg in Tablet entrants, but one thing is sure - the tech-minded make no bones about which companies and systems they are behind. Only time will tell if consumers will really be checking for Surface. Funny that the same week Microsoft makes this announcement, a study is released that says that consumers want more ad-supported Tablet apps (so that they don't have to pay for them). In the era of bottom up, rather than top down, how will companies manage to stay on top of consumer needs when consumers are actually outpacing the ad agencies, etc. that actually used to dictate to them? Interesting to watch!
Microsoft is joining the tablet game. Just announced this week: Surface. The devices are based on Windows 8 and are designed for work and play. It's 9.3 millimeters thick, and it weighs 1.49 pds. Its display is 10.6-inch widescreen HD. The big difference between that and other tablets? Surface is sold with a keyboard. In a way, it looks like mini-mini laptop. But do techies think the market is ripe for Surface? Let's see.
What Others Are Saying...
Microsoft has a much larger user base to support than Apple. Apple can safely remove legacy support but if Microsoft does it, they'll get lots of big business complaining because their ancient specialist software no longer works. Microsoft did kill of 16-Bit support in Windows x64, which means the majority of DOS and all Windows 3.1 apps don't work....
What I don't get is why they came up with 2 versions. Its like they were conflicted in the direction of tablets, and so bet on 2 designs. Pick one. Either tablets are fully functional notebook replacements...or they're a new class of computing device with a separate mobile OS. Personally, I would be happy with a mobile OS that is a portal to a Windows 8 computer.
Microsoft's new tablet... could change how CIOs think about tablets. Mobile devices are so intrinsically personal that CIOs have almost been forced to allow employees to dictate which mobile devices they’ll use for work purposes....But CIOs secretly wishing for a Windows device attractive enough to entice consumers that also includes features businesses need, like support for legacy applications, should rejoice in Surface.