Last Monday Microsoft introduced a tablet, called Surface, to directly compete with the iPad. Here is what the press had to say about it, from the pre-event invite trying to muster Apple like secrecy, to the presentation and hands on review.
- Microsoft’s Secret Product Event: What to Expect
- The Verge: Live from Microsoft’s ‘major announcement’ event
- Hands-on with Microsoft Surface for Windows RT, Touch Cover and Type Cover – Hands-on is deceiving as they were not allowed to touch the keyboard.
- Surface by Microsoft
- Harry McCracken: My First 23 Questions About Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Windows 8 Tablet
My initial reaction was to think it was interesting how they took elements from Apple and Google and incorporated them into the tablet. Upon further thought it occurred to me that the majority of people that I see using an iPad, on trains, at home on the couch, on the go, seldom have a flat surface, no pun intended, to put the tablet on to use the built-in cover keyboard. So while it looks like it is somewhat clever I question its usability.
A mid-week treat of assorted links.