Originally Posted by BanExtremists
Four pages of comments and not much intelligent discourse. I expect too much from this board.
Some things not mentioned:
Win Phone 8, Windows RT and Windows 8 will share a core kernel. This will make it much easier for developers to write for all three platforms.
Surface Pro will have up to 128 GB of storage. That wipes the floor with any iPad.
Both Surface's will be expandable with flash memory cards. Unlike having to pay $100 to Apple for more memory at severely inflated memory prices.
Plug in an external portable hard drive into the USB and get unlimited file storage. Oh, that Apple thingy has no file system. Harder to manipulate files.
People seem obsessed with the fact that a keyboard is available for Surface models. somehow the Surface fails because of this. Yet, there are at least a dozen good keyboards available for the iPad. Did these people think before posting?
Surface Pro offers instant compatibility with existing Enterprise software, including proprietary. Can't really say the same thing about the iPad with little to no Enterprise support.
Developers will write 3 apps for 3 platforms... some of that code will be sharable... but it will be 3 apps. No different than the iPhone,iPad,OSX. - Draw
Storage: Have you heard the Gretzkyism. "Skate to where the puck will be..." You don't equate a laptop to a tablet. Local Storage in a Cloud computing model can be minimized and some extents more is bad (backups). You need to have an adequate local working set... the rest is in the cloud.
Keyboards pretty much wasted argument. The key thing is intuitive UI. If microsoft can do that with either 'just a keyboard' or 'just a stylus' mode... great. Until I actually see someone typing on a surface keyboard (I remember LongHorn;-), I won't hold my breath.
You switched arguments in mid stream in enterprise support. most FXXX enterprises support iOS in one way or another (mine supports them on MS Exchange and Sharepoint and web apps all are mobile enhanced? what else do we need... oh that desktop that still runs that proprietary app... let's just leave it, don't upgrade it to Win8 (from XP). Oh... and snap... people buy laptops and tablets too... lots of people people who run businesses, and want to take their work home with them. "Oh... there's an app for that? Cloud backended? Great. "
Surface is purely a tactical protection of the Windows revenue stream... All the arguments made about Windows Enterprise Strengths can be made, but the 17year old running off to college is not buying a laptop for it's "enterprise support" And in today's market, that's the growth market for MacBooks and iPads... individuals under 30 and over 50... people not tied to 'enterprise.'
As stated previously... you shouldn't make this into a MS vs Apple battle. This is a MS vs shareholder battle. MS needs to be relevant in the market, and the market has moved from the desktop to the briefcase/backpack. OEM's can't compete with the iPad or iPhone because the margins squeeze under the Microsoft Win+Office Tax... therefore Microsoft pretty much has to make the device, in order to ensure Microsoft profits.