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Microsoft Surface Tablets: 7 Things To Expect
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StevenABaby
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9/20/2013 | 2:37:29 PM
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They should upgrade the operating system on the Surface Pro 2 by getting rid of Windows 8.1 and using the number one operating system in the world, Linux. They could make modifications, Microsoftify it, just like their competitors do, but as long as they try to push the clunky Windows crap, Microsoft is going to have problems. It's a new world and Microsoft needs to adapt, or perish. The only folks that are interested in running legacy Windows applications are corporate system administrators with legacy skills who also need to adapt, or retire. Anyone who's ever had to administrate Active Directory or Share Point or create virtual machines on a Microsoft server knows how god awful Microsoft technology is....or if they don't know, they've never tried Linux. Well, maybe they have tried Linux and they didn't realize it. Google, Facebook, Amazon, all the stock exchanges, and most of the rest of the world run Linux.
DDURBIN1
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9/20/2013 | 6:06:09 PM
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Linux is not the same as Unix which is what businesses run. Linux is a "pc" OS compared to Unix. Microsoft has Zenix which they retired about 15 years ago if they wanted a Unix derivative but 60 percent of the world's computers still run Windows XP not Linux.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:26:00 PM
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LOL... nice try but Linux had its moment... long ago.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:15:42 AM
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What is with you Linux guys? Nobody wants Linux. That's been pretty clear for years. It has its place, but not in the consumer world.

Get over it already!
Laurianne
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9/20/2013 | 3:52:24 PM
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I can't tell if it's schadenfreude, interest in non-Apple tablets, or interest in the "one OS" vision that is driving high interest in the MS tablets among our readers now. I doubt the one OS hunger theory. Tell me what you think.
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9/20/2013 | 6:11:50 PM
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One OS on all devices is like using one type of wrench for all bolts. Every mechanic and DIY knows to use the right tool for the right job. Microsoft's strategy was born out of laziness and cheapness not out of applied science which is why it is not succeeding nor will it succeed.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:30:15 PM
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And yet we have Swiss Army Knives, Crescent Wrenches, Slip Lock Pliers, and... well you get the point.

The one OS vision is rooted in NT's original design. To create one platform that is easier to develop for, use, administer, and secure across all devices. Who can argue with that?
Michael Endler
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9/20/2013 | 7:45:22 PM
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Indeed, Apple doesn't seem to be arguing. Though the execution is wildly different than Microsoft's, Apple seems intent on collapsing iOS and OS X to some degree, at least based on some of the documentation the company released for developers regarding 64-bit apps. Microsoft's one OS vision isn't intrinsically bad-- it's the way and extent to which it gets applied that should be critiqued. Google seems to be headed in the same way too. In the multi-screen world, I think everyone is going to have "one OS" elements, to varying (and often large) extents.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:53:27 PM
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I agree with your thoughts. We live in the increasingly complex world of tech - that originally (and ironically) was supposed to make our lives simpler. Converging UI's seems to be a natural way to get back some of that original idea.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:17:50 AM
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What high interest? I don't see any. So, yes, we get some fanboys posting, but that's not real interest. I would bet that none of them own a Win 8 tablet, and that most have never seen one.
jvanbeek
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9/20/2013 | 5:54:24 PM
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A redesigned kick stand! My heart flutters and I can hardly wait! ;-) I will stick with my Android tablet.
Michael Endler
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9/20/2013 | 6:08:21 PM
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Yeah, we'll see what it looks like. My problem with the Surface hasn't just been the viewing angle caused by the kickstand, but also that both keyboards are too flimsy for one to use Surface in all the ways a small laptop can be used. Maye the Power Cover will help with that, as well as with battery life. The Haswell upgrade alone should ensure that the Surface Pro sells better... but there will be comparable Windows tablets that cost less, and a load of more attractive laptops in the same price category. Still seems like a niche product to me.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:34:16 PM
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I think we need not lose site of why MS created Surface to begin with. It was created as more of a reference design to spur OEMs to innovate more aggressively than it was to be the kick butt product that sought to wipe them out.
Michael Endler
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9/20/2013 | 7:40:47 PM
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Good point. The Surface Pro has been measured against mass market expectations-- but I really think Microsoft intends it as a niche product, and as an OEM motivator, as you said. I still think Microsoft hoped to sell more of them, but the context isn't irrelevant.

For Surface RT, though, I think the "niche product" excuse is much less applicable.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:56:44 PM
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I completely agree with you about RT. Nothing like it existed (in the MS world) before and it needs - or needed to be depending on how one views history - a trail blazer.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:20:18 AM
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I don't agree. We can see by their redefining themselves as a devices and services company, that they did intend real sales for this. The fact that they failed is not a reason to say that it was never intended.
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9/20/2013 | 6:20:39 PM
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Basically the new Surfaces are the same as the old with slightly better processor and screen resolution but still not on par with iPads or most Android tablets. I also like the fact that the RT was such a monster of a failure that Microsoft decided to continue this tradition by making a small RT version. Add to that the same ridiculously non-intuitive Windows 8.1 and you have another failed attempt at the feet of Ballmer. I wonder how much the right off will be this time? Over a billion maybe?
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:38:46 PM
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"write off"

When you say that Surface is "not on par" with iPad and Android, where do you think they fall short?
CloudFellow
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9/22/2013 | 12:23:40 PM
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Here's what I want. A device connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse on my desk that "senses" when my tablet is in close proximity (on the desk or even still in my briefcase). The device will automatically connect to my tablet and turn on the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I actually want two of these devices, one for the office and one for my office at home.
ANON1238069211759
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9/23/2013 | 12:46:13 PM
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