“Sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them …”
“… from a hardware-software perspective, we are really pushing forward aggressively on that boundary …”
Seriously, fire that guy already.
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…
Microsoft showed their vision of a tablet/Pc a few days ago, and the tech press is marveling at all the cool stuff it may be able to do. I say “may be” because Microsoft didn’t show much of anything.
Here’s a company that’s made billions in software, and they chose not to show the actual software, you know…apps, working their magic on their…PC(?)…whatever, but I digress.
I actually wanted to talk about the cover they showed off. Well, technically, they showed it, because the other phrasing would imply that they actually showed how it works, which they didn’t.
The event was clearly rushed to upend Google, which will presumably announce a 7″ Nexus tablet at I/O next week. They didn’t want to be last.
Anyhow, about that cover… Lot’s of people in the blogsphere and the main press are hailing it as Microsoft outdoing Apple, but I think – putting aside that this thing doesn’t actually work right now – they failed.
Here’s why: Put your iPad with it’s Smartcover on your lap or desk. Seriously, do it. Ok. Now turn it around and lift the iPad up. Prop it up against something on your table, so you can simulate that kickstand the Surface will have. Now try to type on the Smartcover. Tell me how this, with it’s flexible texture, is going to be better than typing on the on-screen keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard.
Also, how will this work in your lap? With a kickstand. Right.
See what I mean? The “killer feature” sucks.
Food for thought: Why did they hand out Microsoft mice after the event?
The money quote:
Microsoft still isn’t ready to let Joe Public get their grubby little hands on Surface. At the press event, we were given a number of demonstrations, shown a number of non-functional demo units, and given scant few seconds to touch real working devices. The Intel Core i5-powered Surface for Windows 8 Pro devices were not on display, either; only the ARM-powered Surface for Windows RT was available.
…but a master of none.
As strange as it may sound, but I was really hoping for Microsoft to hit a home-run on this one, but I guess not.
– ARM, Windows RT (who came up with that?), 9.3 mm, 1.5 lbs., a kickstand, 32 or 64 GB, 10.6-inch ClearType HD display (resolution unknown, so you know it’s not 2048 x 1536 or close to it)
– Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 Pro, 13.5 mm, 1.9 lbs., USB 3, a kickstand, 64 or 128 GB, plus that display
Both have optional touch- and type-keyboard covers, that look like something I’ve seen before…
No pricing available so far. The ARM tablet will ship around October, the Intel version about three months later.
Where to start?
Well, one version is about as thick as the new iPad, but a little heavier. The other one is..thick and heavy, which makes me think they’re not competing with the iPad at all…they’re going after the boatloads of cheap Ultrabooks – you know…the MacBook Air knock-offs.
If that’s the case, then it changes the whole perspective, which is not to say it makes it easier for Microsoft to compete. I’m guessing they will want to sell their efforts for around the price of said Ultrabooks, and while that might sound like a good idea, it’s really not. Why? Glad you asked: They’re competing with their OEM’s.
Also, why market it as the “Surface tablet”, when it clearly isn’t a tablet. It tries to be a tablet and an Ultrabook – a party Tim Cook doesn’t want to go to if I remember correctly. I wonder why? Could it be that Cook’s R&D department spent years of research on what the market will want? Nah…
Is this thing 16:9? Really?
Anyhow, here are my initial notes, unfiltered, from the event: Tablet, full PC, two distinct architectures, legacy, no legacy, smart-covers (puhlease), all over the place, not shipping, no price, 16:9??, heavier than…, thicker than…, aweful design, a stylus, Windows-branded (is that a good idea in this day and age?), apps for touch and type…mhmmm
Like I said:
A Jack of all trades, but a master of none.
After reading through some of the reports it looks like the Pro version will have HD resolution (1920 x 1080), and the RT version will have less…on a 10″+ screen…
Some more random thoughts:
– It crashed during the demo.
– No information on pricing
– No information on battery life
– No information on shipping dates
– How will this work in portrait mode?
– No demo of apps