Re: Test drive the pen please!
Yeah, the extent to which the pen excels is the extent to which the Surface Pro 3 will break out. Bigger screen, lighter weight, better kickstand-- all of that's nice, and will help Microsoft gain share. But I don't think those things alone make Apple tremble. The pen could be a different story. I rarely use the stylus that came with my Surface Pro, but the new use cases and technology look compelling. I'm looking forward to spending some time using the pen, and will write a future story to explore whether it delivers.
I've always preferred Macs because I do a lot of photo and video work, and have liked using Aperture, Final Cut and other Apple programs more than I have their Adobe counterparts. The Surface-optimized Photoshop app demonstrated during the event, though, could make me reconsider. I've also preferred OS X to Windows 8.1, but the way Microsoft is integrating ink and OneDrive not just into apps, but also throughout the OS-- very encouraging. They're creating new interaction paradigms, rather than just trying to smash a laptop into a tablet's form. The new Surface isn't a device for everyone, but Apple's owned the $1000+ computing space for a long time, and with this tablet, Microsoft could take a decent chunk of the market.