Surface is just a proof of concept?

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2012 - 01:38 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, surface, ballmer

Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, recently referred to the Surface ultraportable as "just a design point".  This is bound to disappoint a lot of geeks who fell in love with the new touchscreen tablet/laptop which showed off the new Win8 interface in a much more effective manner than we have seen from previous computers.  On the other hand, many OEM's will find this announcement reassuring as when the Surface was first introduced they were less than impressed at a software company muscling in on their territory.  Still, he expects to sell a million or so of the devices so those who really desire a Surface should be able to get their hands on one.  Check out more about the conference Ballmer held in Toronto at The Register.

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"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has downplayed the impact of Redmond's "iPad-killer" – aka the Surface tablet – as he wrapped a comforting arm around PC OEMS that may feel a little unnerved by the move.

The covers were lifted off the shiny slate weeks ago, but it was dismissed by several hardware vendors, including long-time partner Acer, which said Microsoft should concentrate its efforts on software development."

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Source: The Register

July 11, 2012 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

but it was dismissed by several hardware vendors, including long-time partner Acer, which said Microsoft should concentrate its efforts on software development."

acer? really? hahhahahahah

July 11, 2012 | 05:13 PM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

As I suspected, more of a reference or proof of concept design then anything else. I also highly doubt that Microsoft ever referred to the Surface initiative as an iPad killer with any degree of specificity. There is room in the market for different kinds of tablets aimed at different price ranges and it is likely the media and those entrenched in one camp or the other (MS vs. Apple) that insist on forcing such an issue.

July 11, 2012 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Zicoz (not verified)

It's more then a proof of conecept. They have already said it will be sold in the Microsoft Stores, and unless the other OEMs starts creating better products they deserve to be left behind by Microsoft.

It's scary that the new kid on the block Vizio creates the best looking PCs out there and delivers them without all the crapware.

July 12, 2012 | 11:36 AM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

I also said "reference",...

July 12, 2012 | 12:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

vizio is just copying apples minimalistic design that apple copied from someone else. app/viz keyboards and mice all suck, if you had to sit behind that 8 hours a day you'd have carpal tunnel in no time flat.

pretty does not = comfortable or ergonomic, i'd say apples stuff is the most harmful to the end user.

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