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[7]: About Damn Time
by devnet on Thu 21st Jun 2012 15:02 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: About Damn Time"
devnet
Member since:
2007-01-16

what gets fracking old is people thinking Microsoft is nothing more than a house for crappy products.

Windows 7 phones are pure beauty.

This coming from a Linux user and blogger. The only thing Microsoft really had to do was get hardware in line to make this tablet a reality.

And you're doubting one of the largest tech companies in the world can do that. I think you should think about that for a bit.

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RE[8]: About Damn Time
by lucas_maximus on Thu 21st Jun 2012 15:34 in reply to "RE[7]: About Damn Time"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I wasn't doubting that ... it was JAlexoid.

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RE[8]: About Damn Time
by fmaxwell on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 11:15 in reply to "RE[7]: About Damn Time"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

And I think that you should think about the Zune before sharing your unbridled money-can-achieve-anything attitude. Microsoft claimed that they were going to invest millions of dollars into their Zune to "beat" Apple's iPod. Yeah, tell me how that went for them.

The tablet market is not looking for a really tiny laptop with a bad keyboard. Anyone who thinks a keyboard (with almost zero tactile feel) is a killer feature has never watched how people use iPads most of the time -- and never considered how small a percentage of iPad owners bought keyboards of any type.

The Surface is ironically named, as Microsoft's is likely to remain underwater on the investment that they put into Surface.

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RE[9]: About Damn Time
by devnet on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 14:39 in reply to "RE[8]: About Damn Time"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

and the Zune is/was a GREAT alternative.

The problem isn't the hardware OR the software. It's the attitude of people.

Apple sells a 'lifestyle' along with their products. it's a perceived image that you have to have their products to be cool.

Any other product isn't cool enough and makes you uncool. This is the real problem Microsoft has to beat.

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RE[8]: About Damn Time
by JAlexoid on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 01:28 in reply to "RE[7]: About Damn Time"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

And you're doubting one of the largest tech companies in the world can do that. I think you should think about that for a bit.


Actually a lot of big companies have canned very good designs. Microsoft has canned the Courier. So until there is a date and a price, the fact of the matter is that it's a great looking product that can easily be total vapour.

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