Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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Regarding the OEMs
by MollyC on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:48 UTC
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They can up their game to compete with this, if such is within them. They were a bit lazy when it came to competing with Apple hardware design, maybe now they'll get off their rear ends. hehe

And it's not like the OEMs have been all that loyal to MS, particularly in the tablet space. Multiple of them are making Android tablets, and one, HP, bought its own tablet OS (Web OS) after abandoning the HP W7 Slate that Ballmer showed off a couple years ago.

Microsoft, I think, has a pretty good record wrt hardware, the one black eye being the RROD issue on the first gen Xbox 360s. But the later gen 360s are great, the Zune HD is great (the initial Zunes were not, but those were rebranded Toshiba Gigabit media players rather than original MS designs).

We'll see how these "Surface" things turn out. I'm particularly interested in the Intel version, but both the Intel and ARM versions do look very nice.

Edited 2012-06-19 00:56 UTC

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