Writer’s note: OMG THE PUNS. The bad puns. *holds face in hands*
This morning Microsoft announced the launch of their own tablet, the Microsoft Surface. In terms of specs I’ll let Edrei talk to you about it (Update by Edrei: Didn’t talk about the specs, but I did talk about something Surface related), but I just wanted to latch onto one line pointed out by Mashable:
My initial reaction?
NO NO NO NO NO MICROSOFT DON’T DO THIS!
Hysterics aside, I really think this is one of the fastest ways to kill a tablet. One of the reasons why the iPad and the Kindle and other tablets have succeeded is because they divorced user expectations about what tablets are; aka not a laptop replacement. Tablets have been turned into a media consumption device, and the UIs have been created to match that.
I believe that it will be the UI that will be the killer on the Surface. Also I apologise for that pun, it was completely unintended. That said, the PC and the tablet are two completely devices with two completely different user interface. You can’t expect a tablet to behave the same way a PC does; it’s not a screen which uses a finger instead of a mouse to navigate, unless Microsoft intends to make the tablet a reiteration of the very first few Mac computers which did not have right click.
I can understand that perhaps Microsoft wants to push the limits of the hardware, as they say in the article, but I can’t help thinking that this is perhaps the most wrong way to go. Microsoft may be right in wanting to push the limits of hardware and software, but honestly speaking? I expect the Surface to go the way of many an Android tablet that’s not a Galaxy: Niche.