7.5 seems too high a score to me considering the verdict.
Even a well-executed Surface still doesn’t work for me, and I’d bet it doesn’t work for most other people either. It’s really tough to use on anything but a desk, and the wide, 16:9 aspect ratio pretty severely limits its usefulness as a tablet anyway. It’s too big, too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive tablet, and it’s too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to do. In its quest to be both, the Surface is really neither. It’s supposed to be freeing, but it just feels limiting.
Sinofsky is, or rather was because he’s leaving as of now, the guy behind Windows 8, Surface, and Halo 4.
Some say he’s leaving due to similar circumstances as Scott Forstall, meaning he was a d!ck. I’m not sure about that, but I do know that Windows 8 is a dud, Windows Phone 8 isn’t taking off at all, and Surface is just pathetic. Halo 4 is supposed to be awesome though.
Anyhow, say what you will about this guy, but he took bold moves. Moves that must have been sanctioned by the CEO…yeah, I know…so color me surprised that Sinofsky is leaving…