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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RE: Alternate reality
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 19th Jun 2012 20:42 UTC in reply to "Alternate reality"
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I am also surprised by the comments made here.

However, I don't think this is as simplistic as you are making it to be.

It is a tablet but not Android nor iOS (unless it can freed from its secure boot). Oups - was forgetting RIM's Playbook as a third (distant) alternative .....

There is no legacy X86 apps and code on the Windows 8 for the ARM architecture.

If this product takes off, then it would not be surprising if Windows 8 is the last X86 capable one and essentially the end of the desktop as a user interface metaphor (for Microsoft).

Would I buy one? Likely not - I'll await for a clone especially if it can be jailbroken. I desire the device but not the default OS which will come with it. After 20 years on corporate enforced Windows - I want to be free.

By-the-way, aren't there rumors going around about Apple ditching the X86 architecture and moving to ARM for everything?

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