Are You Ready For The Microsoft Surface?
What’s the Microsoft Surface, you ask?
Good question. Remember the good ol’ days when Microsoft basically ran the computer world and everything else was so far behind you might as well not even look at it?
Yeah, those days are long gone, and they ain’t ever comin’ back.
However, the guys at Microsoft have to continue to try, and that’s what they’ve done. Therefore, Apple has the iPad, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab, and (soon) Microsoft has the Surface.
So Microsoft is hoping to get into the Tablet business (finally) and boy, are they reaching. They have blatantly attempted to do just about everything that the iPad doesn’t here, but time will tell how well it all works. For now, here’s the rundown.
First of all, the Microsoft blurs the line between tablet and laptop as it has a built in keyboard in the cover, an obvious variation of Apple’s Smart Cover (which, of course, has been upstaged by the Smart Case). The keyboard is programmed to shut off when the cover is folded back. So, is it a tablet, or a really thin laptop?
Also, the Surface is a hair thinner than the iPad and features a rough-and-tumble exterior on the back which seems protective and sturdy enough. It features a built-in stand to allow you to prop it up to what Microsoft says is the optimum angle for video chatting.
As you can somewhat see, the keyboard doesn’t necessarily seem to be the most ergonomic? Will it really be any better than the touchscreen keyboards tablets already come loaded with anyway?
It should also be noted that Microsoft may charge a bit more for its tablet than the iPad, since it essentially comes with two popular add-on accessories built in. Sources from the house that Bill Gates built assure us that the price will be “competitive”
like that’s telling us something.
Worst of all, this tablet, when released later this year, will run Windows RT. Those who want the real Windows 8 operating system will have to wait until about 3 months later.
Does Microsoft have what it takes to break into the hardware business? Is the Surface as sexy as many of the other tablets out there on the market, or is there still work left to do?