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10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets

Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets, despite their merits, aren't exactly selling like hotcakes. Here's what Microsoft might do to change that.
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A funny thing happened right around the time Microsoft launched its 10-inch Surface slates. Consumers decided they really, really like smaller slates, which cost less, are easier to carry and hold, and do pretty much their same thing as their larger sibs. Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini is a bona fide hit, and the 7-inch Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire have found receptive audiences too. For Microsoft's mobile strategy to work, it badly needs a 7- or 8-inch Surface in the game. Not surprisingly, Redmond is planning to launch a smaller slate later this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. If true, would Surface's optional Type Cover and Touch Cover keyboards shrink as well?

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DDURBIN1,
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5/13/2013 | 7:05:21 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Even at a lower price the Surface still doesn't compete. An ugly child is still an ugly child regardless of price.
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5/13/2013 | 6:52:23 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
yeah but eventually Windows XP showed up but I don't think the market will wait another nine years for a viable Surface product to show up.
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5/13/2013 | 6:47:55 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Nail on the head here. Surface is at least six year old technology and getting older by the minute. Its behind the curve on every feature and function of competing tablets.
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5/13/2013 | 6:44:42 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
What 10 things should a mother do about an ugly baby? That's the problem Microsoft faces. Not really much it can do except find a plastic surgeon and don't allow the parents to have anymore kids.
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5/6/2013 | 7:19:08 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
I like my Surface Pro. I finally don't have to pack a laptop and a tablet on every road trip I take. I think laptop users miss that one key attribute. One thing MSFT could do is better advertising that actually shows what the Surface can do. I'm tired of seeing a coregraphed dance routine of people play with their kickstand and circle a pie chart with the pen. The ad does nothing to show its capabilites and got old quick.
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5/3/2013 | 10:01:29 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Apparently, the author does not travel much. Here is what Surface has to have for me to part with my ipad. On board 4G/LTE built in - not a dongle or some other blue-tooth black box - but built that is compatible with the major cell providers. Hotel WiFi is typically unusable due to the demand and 4G/LTE is a "lifesaver" in those instances. Next is a high res screen, this low-res 1366x768 does not cut it. Couple those features along with industry standard connectivity (USB 3) and native compatibility with Office docs - you have a compelling combination in my opinion. This crap related to a tablet stand (that's what a hotel guide is for) and other spurious "must have" features is nonsensical to a road warrior. My 2 cents as someone who spends 26 weeks a year on the road.
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5/3/2013 | 7:45:45 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
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5/3/2013 | 5:05:17 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Back when Win3.1 came out, one of the trade rags ran a contest for the best Windows tip. Number 1 was 'Use only Windows apps' and number two was 'Dont use Windows.' In that spirit, my suggestion to improve the Surface tablets is 'Give up.'
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5/3/2013 | 4:56:52 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Run Android? (LOL). Never gonna happen. RT runs Modern apps... which will eventually replace legacy apps brick by brick. No need for Android (native or emulated). Waste of time and resources. Full Win8 runs both Modern and Legacy. There is a strong need for legacy support. It's called "existing ecosystem" and it is huge.
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5/3/2013 | 5:17:09 AM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Well the first thing they should do is adapt the devices to run Android. Microsoft is so stuck on their legacy applications, and I just dont see people getting all that excited about creating Office documents on a touch screen tablet. Android has the entire ecosystem in place and it's open source, which means Microsoft can adopt it any time it wants. They can run a down level version, a forked version, and not have to deal with Google. They could level the playing field pretty darn quick. Microsoft is already one of the larger Open Source contributors, and I know they're including Open Source in some of their products, so this would just be the next step. They could take advantage of all Android has to offer, plus they could integrate with their other offerings, and they'd be able to say goodby to all their clunky legacy software....seems like a winner to me.
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