I’m a guy, so it goes without saying that I love gadgets. In our home we have a PC desktop and matching laptop, two iMacs, an iPad, and an iPhone. (All that for two people and a bear cub.) We use them all for different projects. I used to be a dedicated Microsoft person simply because there’s a lot better choice of software available, but eventually I got tired of two things: the blue screen of death, and not having the newest gadgets. Therefore, as things break, I’ve been changing everything over to Apple products.
It seems like Microsoft is always playing “catchup” with Apple. Every time Apple puts a successful product on the market, Microsoft eventually follows with their own. This time, its the personal tablet.
The new tablet line, named Surface, includes a consumer device aimed directly at the Apple iPad, and another, larger machine designed to compete with lightweight laptops. Both include a keyboard that doubles as a cover, and both will be powered by versions of the new Windows 8 operating system.
The initial tablet will be launched at the same time as Windows 8, but they’re not saying exactly when that will be. Three months later, they’ll start selling a larger, heavier version. Pricing details are currently being kept under wraps.
A second, heavier tablet aimed at the new generation of lightweight laptops called “ultrabooks”, running on traditional Intel Corp chips, will come in 64GB and 128GB models. That will be available about three months after the ARM version, Microsoft said.
Microsoft hasn’t always been able to make money following on Apple’s coattails. Not everyone will remember the “Zune” mp3 player, the “Kin” telephone, or their first tablet (“Courier”) because so few were sold. For all those “anti-Apple” people out there, we can only hope that the “Surface” won’t follow in that pattern.