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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Alternate reality
by Treza on Tue 19th Jun 2012 20:22 UTC
Treza
Member since:
2006-01-11

I\'m quite surprised by the reactions shown here. I don\'t see anything special in that thing.

- I only see a glass tablet just like the gazillion Android tablets (from Samsung, LG, acer...).
- There are already plenty of bluetooth keyboard/covers for iPads (for example http://www.logitech.com/fr-fr/tablet-accessories/ipad/keyboard-case...). Some support both portrait and landscape modes.
- The screen resolution is not outstanding.
- The stand seems to have a fixed angle which will be certainly ankward as a laptop, especially as it cannot fully lay on the keyboard...which is a consequence of the screen aspect ratio which is nothing to brag about.

etc.etc...

The OS is Windows8, which is not exactly surprising. The only way Microsoft could alienate the OEM would be to develop special software or OS version for that crap.

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RE: Alternate reality
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 19th Jun 2012 20:42 in reply to "Alternate reality"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

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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RE[2]: Alternate reality
by Nelson on Tue 19th Jun 2012 20:53 in reply to "RE: Alternate reality"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

There are actually two Surface models.

The higher end one has:

- A full HD 1080p screen (with bonded glass and great viewing angles)
- 64 GB and 128GB of storage
- DisplayPort for outputting greater than 1080p
- A 22nm Core i5 processor which bests anything in any ultrabook announced
- Micro SDCX port
- Support for legacy Windows applications
- Pen digitizer support for writing

It is the uber tablet for productivity

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