In selling the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s marketing team has a big challenge. The new tablet is essentially an Ultrabook in a tablet’s body. But most customers are going to look at it and think “iPad competitor.” We already compared Surface Pro to the iPad, but perhaps a more appropriate comparison is to the MacBook Air. Let’s see how their specs – and other features – compare.This comparison covers the 11-inch MacBook Air with entry-level specs. Apple offers upgrades with superior components, but we’re leaving those alone here.Compared to standard laptops, the MacBook Air looks small and svelte. Next to a tablet, though, it’s rather large. It’
Microsoft announced on August 1 that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM'd). (The final build number is 9200.)
At the same time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 also have reached the RTM milestone, given all of these products have been developed in lockstep with Windows 8. (I am not 100 percent sure if Windows RT also RTM'd simultaneously and do not believe Microsoft officials ever promised this would be the case.)
Over the course of the last 9 months or so I have been running the Windows 8 previews in various configurations on my hardware to test things out and learn the new OS layout. Along the way I have posted a couple of walk through videos to share how things work in the new OS.
As expected there have been mixed reactions in the comments of those videos but a more common theme is starting to emerge and that is to just give Windows 8 a chance.
In other words – take the time to learn the new OS and how to navigate it/use it before pronouncing judgment on it and the
Bill Gates would be the first to point out all the cases where Microsoft’s competitors made a key mistake that let Microsoft succeed.Â Office is perhaps the most notable example, where competitors’ reluctance to support Microsoft Windows took Word and Excel from second-tier status to leadership as customers shifted from DOS to Windows.Â Xbox 360 triumphed over the PS/3 because Sony created a platform that was both late to the market and too hard to develop for.Â Borland started a price war that Microsoft was better positioned to endure.Â Etc.Â That is why Microsoft historically keeps the pressure up even when its cause looks hopeless.
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