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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Quite Exciting.
by Pelly on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:23 UTC
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After seeing the short video advertisement and the video at The Verge (same from MS), this looks like quite and interesting and exciting product.

What impressed me was the availability of an actual USB Port and keyboard-cover combination. The device itself looks slick and ultra-sleek. The multiple ports hint at allowing for expandability and flexibility that gadgets such as the iPad don't currently have.

With USB Ports, the potential for being able to directly connect a printer would seem possible, provided the driver support. Even being able to connect flash or hard drives would be a huge advantage.

The Home Screen looks like a bolder version of the Zune-HD and WP7/7.5 UI, both of which are very easy to navigate.

I see a lot of possibilities with such a device and am actually looking forward being able to test-drive one when production starts and they're available.

Good Job, Microsoft. Seriously. This has my attention and I can't wait to try one out.

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RE: Quite Exciting.
by vodoomoth on Wed 20th Jun 2012 15:14 in reply to "Quite Exciting."
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With USB Ports, the potential for being able to directly connect a printer would seem possible, provided the driver support.

Reading this made me wonder (again!) why we still need, in this day and age, "a driver" to simply print something. MS could have made this seamless.

Edited 2012-06-20 15:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Quite Exciting.
by lucas_maximus on Thu 21st Jun 2012 18:54 in reply to "RE: Quite Exciting."
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Ask the printer companies, they are the ones that push out crap tech.

Consumer grade printers are deliberately shit ... I thought this was well known?

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