Microsoft’s Next-Gen Doorstop – Surface

By Karen

Yesterday Microsoft introduced a tablet computer to beat Apple’s iPad. They call it Surface, and it comes with a thin keyboard that doubles as a cover.

Why isn’t it named Wall, to go with Windows?

I wish my iPad had a keyboard, though. On-screen typing stinks, so when I need a keyboard, I use my netbook.

I do love my iPad for being always “on” so I can play games, watch videos, and surf the ‘Net on the fly. It’s also my e-reader because my Nook’s e-ink display is too dark indoors.

Microsoft might have a winner with Surface if it didn’t run Windows — Windows RT (ReTweet?) — apparently a watered-down version of the unreleased Windows 8, which you will be able to get on pricier, heavier Surfaces.

After torturing users forever with the “Blue Screen of Death,” unintelligible messages that all mean, “Your software crashed and we have no clue why,” and the nonstop torrent of updates and security patches, if we’ve learned anything, I hope it’s that Microsoft sucks at running computers.

And since the Surface will be entirely a Microsoft product, instead of their typical strategy of ruining some third-party manufacturer’s decent hardware with their crappy software, this venture seems to have “Fiasco” written all over its…surface.

Microsoft’s playing coy on pricing, and interestingly made no mention of battery life — sidestepping two basic user deal-breakers.

When I bought my tablet last year, I passed on Android models and paid nearly triple for the gold standard — iPad. But it’s been as close to brilliant as these things get.

I’m still trying to shake Microsoft’s brainwashing to fully embrace my iPad’s ease of use, but I can say it’s never driven me to the utter frustration and despair Windows has — in nearly every version back to MS-DOS.

Surfaces are supposed to go on sale this fall, which in Microsoft-speak means probably sometime in 2014. While a Surface won’t have the heft to prop a door open, once it craps out inexplicably and often enough to make itself useless, you can probably wedge it UNDER a door.

Here’s a review from CNET.

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2 Responses to Microsoft’s Next-Gen Doorstop – Surface

  1. bunchie62 says:

    If we look at consumerism from a marketing standpoint, it strikes me as odd how we seem to develop appetites for tech stuff. Perhaps not odd, but well done, whatever they are doing is working. Within the last two years, I jumped on the smart phone wagon and as I write, am awaiting with great anticipation my Kindle Fire arrival. I used to enjoy going to the library and surveying the stacks. Now I am looking forward to downloading books I can read without the labor of a library or bookstore visit. Someone or something profiled many of us very well.

  2. catsworking says:

    bunchie, I don’t have a smartphone because I almost never use the cellphone I do have. It’s never on because I don’t want people interrupting whatever I’m doing 24/7, and I can’t tell you the last time I had the urge to talk to somebody who wasn’t with me, as I see so many people doing out in public. It’s like they can’t deal with the people all around them, but must tether themselves by the ear to someone who isn’t there.

    I do have a Barnes & Noble Nook that I don’t use much anymore since I got the iPad because I like reading on an illuminated screen better. But I do like having the ability to have a ton of books in one convenient device and I rarely read paper books anymore. I’ve downloaded a lot of the classics free from ProjectGutenberg.org. I don’t know if that site deals with the Kindle’s proprietary e-book format, or if Amazon has relinquished its dreams of world e-book domination and let the Fire accept the universal epub format yet.

    I do love hanging out in bookstores, but now all I think about is the shelf space and dusting involved. And I love being able to download books I want instantly, rather than driving to the store.

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