Very true and a very good read, it really is nice to see someone else gets it.
I see how people complain... oh RT cant run windows apps.... well ipad cant run desktop apps what's the diff? You can do more on a surface than you can on a ipad, sure there are more apps however that will change and is changing.
Microsoft are doing some impressive changes, I really look forward to trying the new products.
It's not surprising you get venomous attacks topping the list in a Google Search - right now PCWorld is even worse than ZDNet. Look at the video at the top of this one... http://www.pcworld.com/article/2049271/microsofts-surface-2-tablet-follows-faithfully-in-the-footsteps-of-failure.html
It is infuriating to the point of insulting not just Microsoft, but people who use Microsoft. Bing searches give a good balance of valid reviews - and criticisms. Your article makes plenty of sense. I have no idea why so many tech blogs love trashing RT, but the more I hear, the more I want to try the Surface 2... thanks for writing.
I think the Surface RT IS a good device, but it lacks apps, and the future of the ecosystem is rocky.
A decent camera, and skydrive don't make a mobile device.
Office is nice, but it's not the full experience, so it needs to show how it will distance itself from competition (and there's a lot now on android)
They should be showing how well it integrates with windows 8 desktop - tout their own version of airdroid.
Performance looks decent - but you really cannot tell much from this video. At what point in the video were they "running Halo: Spartan Assault along side several Microsoft Office apps at the same time"?? Best I can see is they had a paused halo menu up at the same time as another app. Performance may indeed be great, but why stretch a statement like that? It's more accurate to say task management looks smooth instead of "running side by side".
Here's what Microsoft needs to do. MERGE ALL ARM OS. Windows phone ecosystem and Windows RT are separate. You buy an app on one, it will not work on the other, you have to buy it there too. That's absolutely insane given that they have the same architecture. Essentially, when Microsoft pushed the tablet style interface onto desktops and tablets, they skipped the part where their existing touch based devices i.e. phones work together with their new OS, and just looks like it.
If they really want to show they "understand" mobile, they'd do this for those in possession of their phones AND tablets. Owners of both are getting the short end of the stick.
The difference is Ipad/Iphone run the same apps, as does android tablets and phones.
Windows RT apps and marketplace is completely different from windows phone.
Glad you appreciated this, Ed. Yes, when Google runs search results, well, you get what they give you. :)
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Ryan, I saw it running side by side, though the video may not show it. You do make a good point about cross-device compatibility for apps though.
You can use Windows 8 apps on tablet and PC. Sure, not Windows Phone today but that is in the plans. Next year, same app on Phone, Tablet, PC and Xbox. Then who will be laughing about cross device apps.
From a slide Microsoft showed at Build2013, they showed Unified apps coming in 2014 to Windows Phone/Tablet.
We know Microsoft runs at corporation speed so it may slip to 2015, but that is the direction they are headed. Will be nice then to get the same app everywhere. Desktop, Tablet, Phone and even console.
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