Well I did sign off on it.
Well I did sign off on it.
I kid, I kid, look fellas, I don't know how successful Microsoft is going to be with this or even Windows 8, what I do know is that a lot of people want the Surface Pro and people are warming up slowly to Windows 8. If they can pull this off it will be with no thanks to the Media, it will be by sheer hard work, they certainly aren't getting a free ride.
Actually I've just finished talking to my brother for a couple of hours and I think I've discovered another reason why they have gone the Windows 8 way, if I'm right it should work out very, very lucrative for Microsoft. I don't know if they did it intentionally or it's just a fluke but either way they stand to gain.
It's up for sale here in Canada now, 128 gb version, with cover and office will go for right about $1400 tax in. That's a huge number. I wish them well.
Well since that report DIDN'T come from Gartner's it has a passably decent chance of being essentially correct although the volumes it is speaking about appear a bit optimistic.
Users like to bring their own devices to the workplace especially as these days it's not uncommon for the user to have a HUGELY better computer than the office provided one.
Multi-Platform is definitely where it's at -- at work probably the only thing you might need in the future is a decently large size monitor.
Of course security aspects of "Bring your Own device" needs to be sorted out --not a trivial task, and of course there's always the legal problem of a user running illegal or pirated software on their own device -- and how that little problem will be solved I've no idea since most of these network systems will obviously allow connection to the Work network via say a VPN or RDP type connection but what happens when the user switches into Local Mode.
However I'm sure a decent tablet that can function as a competent PC when required - especially if supplied with a proper docking station will get plenty of votes from all sides of a business.
From the Canadian pricing
1000 CDN ==>633 GBP ===>680 EUR (before tax).
Seems actually quite reasonable to me --especially if you are self employed or are running some type of business where you can recoup the usually Horrendously high rates of VAT in Europe --.
I'm sure these things can be sourced cheaper in the future from places like Hong Kong etc. If Ms wants these things to sell decently then restricting them only to the Ms store won't be a good idea -- if it's too hard or expensive to get a product people will just find something else.
I'm sure Canada has some decent tax cutting rules for businesses and self employed people such as sales tax rebates, capital allowances etc etc. Most countries do --the problem usually is in finding good enough accountants who can wade through usually very complex rules.
It will be interesting to see the ist 6 months sales volumes of the Ms surface pro --particularly amongst the business sector -- including very small businesses and self employed people.
While it won't be stellar I suspect the Surface Pro will do rather better than most of the prophets of doom on this Forum seem to indicate.
The wretched keyboard would have to go but a decent USB3 Hub is cheap enough so when you want a keyboard there's nothing wrong with a conventional Wireless USB one --probably even with the cost of the USB3 Hub would be cheaper than the Ms keyboard. !!!
You also wouldn't need Office 2013 -- Office 2007 will run perfectly on it and student / teacher edition can be sourced very cheaply --around 35 USD so that cuts down the price even more. Office 2007 is 100% fine these days for pretty well any work document I can think of -- I have Office 2010 - since I get two copies -- a "Flemish" version I got at work (in Brussels Belgium) and the English version I got from TechNet -- but I would have been perfectly happy with Office 2007. I don't like Office 2013 one bit and I certainly have no intention of paying a monthly subscription for things like Office 365.
All in all compared to an equivalent Ultrabook the Surface Pro is beginning to look quite attractive. Remember also to pack more components into these types of devices costs more so you can't really compare the price of the Surface pro exactly with a conventional PC or even a laptop.
HAHA! Just goes to show that naysayers will say ANYTHING that borderlines paranoia to beat down any growth of Windows 8 and tablet PCs!
Lots of IT people want a Windows tablet? What?! Preposterous! They were paid by Microsoft! No one can like Windows 8! It's awful! It's full of advertisements! I don't like it and no one likes it and that's that!
I am waiting too. For a 7" x86 version for $200 - with GPS, SD card slot and 10 hour battery life.