Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Oct 2012 23:09 UTC
Windows "The Surface is a nice tablet. The design and aesthetic are pleasing, the feel in the hands, particularly of the kickstand and magnetic cover connection is excellent. But is it worth buying on the day of release?" After these three reviews, I still want a Surface RT. As much as I think Metro - and especially its applications - has a long way to go, I feel like I should reward the fact that Microsoft dares to be different. Too bad Microsoft doesn't want me to buy one.
Thread beginning with comment 539978
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Reward MS for a walled garden?
by sluggy on Thu 25th Oct 2012 08:51 UTC
sluggy
Member since:
2012-05-05

Why would you want to reward MS for releasing something that can only run approved apps?

Yes, it sounds paranoid, but this is the future of personal computing on the line. If Windows RT is successful, maybe this spreads to the desktop. If it works on the desktop, Apple might look at MS and ask themselves why they even bother with OS X being more open than Windows. And Gatekeeper gets turned on permanently.

And soon, Linux might be the only OS left where you can do what you want. Like install a torrent client. If, by then, you can find hardware it is allowed to run on.

Reply Score: 4

zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Why would you want to reward MS for releasing something that can only run approved apps?
[...] soon, Linux might be the only OS left where you can do what you want. Like install a torrent client. If, by then, you can find hardware it is allowed to run on.

He has no qualms rewarding Apple for that, so...

And it shouldn't be that bad - at worst, the Chinese should be able to provide fairly open hardware, they supposedly strive for technology independence with Loongson and such (and BTW, CoCom embargos didn't do much to stop the flow of PC tech into CCCP from... China: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19960615/1967.html )

Reply Parent Score: 2