re: Microsoft's Next Surface Pro: Comeback Kid?
Well, I wouldn't describe Pro sales as modest. More like minuscule. Even IDC, a Microsoft friendly shop, estimated that last quarter, RT and Pro shipments together totaled 300 thousand. That's not "modest", it's a disaster!
I know one friend that bought a Pro, and I think it's a reason why it's been a failure so far. This guy is an enterprise salesman for IBM. He bought the Pro, and was practically jumping up and down about how this was really an Ultrabook. Yet, when I asked him to show me what was so great about it to him, all he could do, with real enthusiasm, was to open Word, and show me how he scribbled on pages with the stylus. He was amazed, and impressed that he could do that, and save it for later.
When I took my iPad out and did the same thing in Pages. We was confused. Apparently, he thought that it could only be done in Word in a Microsoft tablet. You would think that a guy like him would be more in touch with these things, but it's not true. At this point, his enthusiasm with this $1,200 device has waned.
So if battery life is better, but still not great, and it weighs a few ounces less, and has a kickstand that still doesn't let you use it on your lap with a typing cover, then people will still avoid it, even if it is $100 cheaper. The problem is that the entire concept of Win 8 on a tablet is a losing idea. No matter what claims are made, or how writers torturously write around it, the Desktop and its software will never work properly on a small screen with a stylus, and especially not with a finger.
As they say; " Put a fork in it, it's done."