Working on something bigger on The Surface, but heres some quick hits:
- Love the hardware design. Obviously its hard to judge without any hands on, but the thing looks slick. I don’t mind the edges, ports, or kickstand. Its not trying to be a slick, seemless slab like the iPad. And thats a good thing.
- Keyboard cases are cool. I am assuming the trackpad means it’ll have mouse input, which is huge for productivity.
-Microsoft is going all in here. The have been a software licensing company, and they just starting competing with all thier customers on that front. They must have no faith in those hardware manufacurers to make something that really takes advantage of Windows 8. Its riskey, but if they go down, it’ll be swinging.
- No pricing worries me. The fact that they will only say it’ll be “competitive” worries me more. The RT version has to be cheaper then the iPad. I don’t care if you can make an argument that its got more features, ports, etc; you are not as cool as Apple right now, Microsoft. And that is more important then you may think.
- Your late to the game, but you better work your ass off to get apps. Especially for the RT version.
-The naming sucks. Why call it “Microsoft Sufrace for Windows RT” when you could just call it “Surface RT”? Simplify.
I keep saying it; Microsoft could be on the verge of becoming cool. There is a lot to shake out still, but Surface could be a real turning point.