[h=1]"Why Microsoft Surface could be the biggest shake-up in the tablet market since the arrival of the iPad".[/h]
This is a massive opportunity for another o/s . But which one - is there one that could fulfill the oem needs?
I think I'd rather go with a convertible ultra book like the Yoga.
The really eye catching aesthetic of the Surface tablet is that with the cover on it looks like an impossibly small notebook. But I use my 10" touch screen pc mostly on my lap, or in bed -- how's the kickstand supposed to work there? The neat magnetic cover certainly won't hold it up.
The one thing I will say about the magnetic cover is that it forestalls a potentially serious problem of expectations on the windows 8 machine: You can't accurately use touch on a 10 inch screen in desktop mode. You couldn't do it in windows 7 and that's why 7 tablets failed, and you still can't do it in 8. You need to be able to mouse to, say, drag and drop multiple icons, or click the tiny little maximize, minimize, and close buttons in the upper right corner of the screen.
I think this is a beautiful machine, with (for once!) design elements to rival what Apple does every six months. And it's great that in limited circumstances -- like when you have a flat surface available to open the keyboard on -- you can use it as a productivity machine. And of course, thanks to the IPad, no one really expects a tablet to be all that productive anyway. So I agree that it will be a persuasive competitor to the ipad. And I can't wait to see it in person.
I would imagine Desktop Mode with touch is more accurate in 8 than in 7.
I would doubt the issue with the Desktop since you can adjust the icon size in the Ribbon, that would probably be larger for tablets by default. I don't know for sure though. In 7, that would a be a HUGE pain, but in 8 and the Ribbon, that's fairly resolved.I would imagine Desktop Mode with touch is more accurate in 8 than in 7.
Meh, not noticeably.
It might be the case that on a a new Windows 8 ready screen with ten point capacitive touch, the desktop works better in 8 than in 7 (somehow?). But on a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 resolution touch screen machine that had run 7, which has been loaded with eight, the desktop is still the desktop -- full of fiddly little buttons that are very difficult to select accurately on a touch screen.
*long tap an application file to bring up the context menu, hunt and peck to find the application properties, hunt and peck to select the compatibility tab, hunt and peck to open the compatibility drop down menu, select compatibility for win 7... stupid fiddly bit! Let me try that again...*
You'll never know how much you appreciated your arrow keys until you haven't got them anymore, a problem that most Surface users won't encounter because they'll have the mag keyboard. It's a brilliant product pairing.
Looks mighty interesting. I'm not sure I'd be interested in an Intel tablet over an actual ultrabook, but for bummin' around the house this would be very interesting in the ARM variant. Heck, given it can do RemoteApp and connect into VDI farms, it's got a place there as well without the cost of additional software or the inability to print.
Believe me tablets can become very habit forming, they're instantly on and light, even on an iPad you can do most things, mainly on the consumption side though. So having a full blown PC on a tablet will be awesome. But I've still got a couple of PCs and laptop as well.