Looks like the Microsoft employees are trolling. Won't help.
Looks great actually. Not sure why some people here are bashing it. Does it look similar to an iPad? Sure. But it's a very different machine software-wise, and from the looks of it, it'll be much more capable as a laptop replacement with the versatility of a tablet. That sounds good from where I'm at.
I think there may be a nice response to the Intel version as it will run legacy software and is very portable. On the downside, it will be more like a MBA in that can't work too hard due to the heat restrictions. So, people that want a MBP for performance would not be attracted to this hardware. If I had a choice between a MBA and this, I think I'd still go MBA due to it's "out of the briefcase" simplicity, and it instant start up.
However the ARM version may be a much harder sell for MS. First, it''s not expected to be priced less, second, the MS ARM version will have very little apps to begin with.
My take-away is that MS is going to strongly push the need for a keyboard with system 8, Intel version or ARM version. I expect Apple to say, "Why type, when you can talk?"
My bet is that TALK will win over TYPE.
Price is going to be critical.
The keyboard is slick, but nothing we can't get on an iPad
I think overall it's a nice package...at $500 tops.
Also, this seems to be the very definition of Tim Cook's explanation of compromise when you try to merge a tablet and "PC". Not a negative, but certainly a fact.
I really would rather see MSFT do a proper mobile ecosystem between phone and tablet, and not worry so much about windows desktop integration.
What IS the pricing? Odd that they did not announce that.
Frankly, positioning one of these as a mini-notebook will really irritate all of the Windows hardware competitors. This is encroaching on their territory. Bad move on MS's part.
I like the USB. Seriously, iPad is lame for not having it. Not everything can be done wirelessly, there are tons and tons of devices that only use usb, this opens up things a lot... of course, there being no user accessible file system on the iPad is another matter. Anyhow, competition is good. This thing will live or die on how well the OS works in this form factor.
Funnily enough I know people who have never synched their iOS devices, still works for them just fine.
Man that is very obvious..you CAN'T!
Unless you detach it and there's a way to snap it back while the tablet is in portrait. But then it'll be disproportionate.LOL
The very reason why Apple ditch physical keyboard.
With a two-hour battery life, you better stand close to a wall outlet. Because of heat restrictions, this will be as under-powered as a MBA. Because of the keyboard connection, this will not be as satisfactory as a Laptop, you really need a table to prop up the screen too. I'd recommend the MBA running Parallels... you are not really an iPad person.
He's a Microsoft FAN desperate for anything - literally ANYTHING - marketed as an iPad competitor with an MS logo on it.
THAT is how much it positively sucks to be an MS fan these days. Or these . . . years.
LOL. Is Microsoft trying to convince you they have equal manufacturing and design prowess as a certain rival in Cupertino, who shall remain nameless? "It's got magnesiumly deposited super vapor coating for light-years of durability and tensile limit!" and "The screen is optically bonded to the screen, making the screen one solid piece of optically bonded screen that won't wash off!"
Tim Cook said it best:
|In my view, the tablet and the PC are different. And you can do things with the tablet, if you’re not encumbered by the legacy of the PC. If you view it as different. If you take the view that says this is another PC, all of a sudden you’re pulling along all of the baggage of the PC market…
I love convergence, convergence is great, but products are about tradeoffs. You have to make tough decisions, you have to choose, and the more you look at a tablet as a PC, the more the baggage of the
Copying the iPod didn't work out well for MS. The only thing I really like here is the keyboard/cover, but if you can't get exactly that for the iPad right now, you will be able to soon. MS obviously has to try to respond to the iPad, and this is a plausible strategy. I just don't think it's going to work. Too late, with a product that isn't as good. It won't attract many consumers, and it will alienate its windows-tablet hardware partners.
Funny how all of a sudden there seems to be a lot of pro-Microsoft commentators surprisingly well informed about the features of this device across all the Mac forums right now. Redmond is clearly feeling the heat.