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: Looks fantastic
by ricegf on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:02 UTC in reply to "Looks fantastic"
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

I might buy it if it could, but Microsoft has encrypted the bios to ensure I can't. DRM, meet hardware.

Just as well. I'd rather support companies that will respect me in the morning.

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RE[2]: Looks fantastic
by Morgan on Tue 19th Jun 2012 05:37 in reply to "RE: Looks fantastic"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

They may not have a traditional BIOS; most ARM devices use bootcode stored on the flash ROM or bootable SD card, and I'm willing to bet the Intel version will use UEFI.

But I'm sure you're correct in that they will lock out any other OSes. That's a shame given how nice the hardware is. Then again, I've felt no desire to install anything else on my WP7 phone, which is odd for me.

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RE[3]: Looks fantastic
by dsmogor on Tue 19th Jun 2012 07:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks fantastic"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

The moment it hits the market XDA will take breaking it as a pride point. XBOX have been broken, PS3 have been broken, no reason this one wont be.
Of course, it make take large part of its useful lifespan.

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RE[3]: Looks fantastic
by Lennie on Tue 19th Jun 2012 09:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks fantastic"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The only ARM-tablets Microsoft will support are all locked down UEFI (I don't know about the ARM-phones).

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