Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Apr 2017 21:10 UTC
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If Microsoft wants to make PC hardware, it needs to do so properly and commit to the same kinds of updates as other PC OEMs.

Almost every other PC OEM has refreshed its systems for Kaby Lake. Almost every other PC OEM has adopted, at least for machines in the premium space that Surface occupies, USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3. Surface Pro - a machine which, in its early generations, arguably defined that particular style of two-in-one systems - is no longer unique. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and others all have solid two-in-one offerings. These machines are modeled after the Surface Pro concept, but they now embody that concept better than Microsoft's own system. The Surface has been out-Surfaced.

The failure to do anything with Surface for so long makes us wonder just what Microsoft is up to. If the company is serious about its hardware ambitions - and officially, at least, it still says that its intent is to produce market-leading systems under the Surface brand - then it has to take its hardware seriously. That means refreshing it to keep pace with the competition.

He's exactly right. I love my surface Pro 4 - no way I'm ever going back to cumbersome laptops with fixed, stand-in-the-way keyboards - but it definitely leaves a few things to be desired hardware-wise. Although not a huge problem for me since I don't use it, the pen tracking is pretty terrible, the display has some light bleeding issues here and there, the processor is nice but definitely a generation behind, and battery life is decent, but not exceptional. Except for the pen, these are all things that could be addressed by refreshing the device with Intel's latest.

So, Microsoft - what will it be?

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RE: Surface Line is Showcase
by Troels on Mon 1st May 2017 08:04 UTC in reply to "Surface Line is Showcase"
Troels
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The surface line is a showcase for what can be done with Windows 10.


No PC OS has been able to deliver the definitive touch only experience. Microsoft is in the best position to do so because it controls the OS and the major productivity apps people use.


And the biggest problem in my oppinion is exactly that they seem absolutely incapable of taking advantage of this position.

The Surface Pro 4 is a nice laptop*, but it is a terrible tablet. For pure streaming and browsing it is ok-ish, but its battery life is much worse than what you expect from a tablet, it is heavy, and windows 10 as a touch operating system is a joke compared to iOS and Android, and most of the apps are hopeless

*) although a bit too slow, even in i5 version, their storage is too slow, installing updates for instance takes forever.

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