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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looks good
by stabbyjones on Tue 19th Jun 2012 01:40 UTC
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

But:
No price = Must be expensive.
Microsoft hardware = Enforced secure boot.

Unless Windows 8 has the same pull as Windows 7 on release, (which it hasn't really so far.) It's going to have to rely on that shiny factor bad.

It seems to be great on the surface but I'll need a bit more info before I accept press conference marketing as fact. It would certainly be a great replacement for work laptops if they have actually pulled it off.

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RE: looks good
by Lennie on Tue 19th Jun 2012 09:28 in reply to "looks good"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

"It seems to be great on the surface" that has to be a pun ;-)

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RE: looks good
by JAlexoid on Tue 19th Jun 2012 13:10 in reply to "looks good"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

If it's their hardware, I don't think it's fair to complain about a locked bootloader/BIOS/whatever. When they are forcing OEMs to do that, that is a different issue.

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RE: looks good
by chenxiaolong on Tue 19th Jun 2012 19:24 in reply to "looks good"
chenxiaolong Member since:
2011-12-05

Actually, to comply with the "Designed for Windows 8" logo, the option to disable secure boot on the x86 architecture is required. At least the x86 version of the Microsoft Surface can have secure boot disabled.

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