What Do You Think Of The Microsoft Surface? [You Told Us]

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Microsoft took its time getting into the tablet market, primarily because it had to work on building an operating system that would offer a positive experience on the touchscreen form factor, which Windows 7 most certainly doesn’t. With Windows 8 just around the corner, so is Surface, the new Microsoft-branded tablet.

Microsoft Surface RT is arriving on the same day as Windows 8 (Oct. 26) with Surface Pro following early in 2013. RT offers a pared-down version of the operating system for ARM processors, and only apps officially released through Windows Store will be compatible. Thankfully a version of Office 2013 is included, which prevents this model from being a total disaster.

What Do You Think Of The Microsoft Surface?

We asked you, What Do You Think Of The Microsoft Surface? The response was great, with dozens of people offering their insights into the Microsoft Surface.

There are a surprising number of people excited about the device and seemingly eager to buy one. There are others who want nothing to do with the Surface and feel it’s a case of ‘too little, too late’ for Microsoft when the iPad and Android tablets have established themselves so well in the market.

I’d suggest that the biggest group of commenters on the original article were those who remain undecided; who feel they need to actually get their hands on a Surface before they can give an honest and unbiased opinion. And they could have a point. After all, how many of us have visited an Apple Store to try an iPad before deciding whether it’s worth buying one or not?

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The price does seem to be a touch on the “no way I’m gonna pay that much for a tablet/skateboard hybrid” side. But there’s no denying its biggest advantage; Office. For people using services like Excel, PowerPoint and so on, it’s a no-brainer. Its biggest disadvantage; having Windows RT. The only way you can get apps is through the Marketplace, which can be a deciding factor for some. For those who were expecting it to be an ultrabook, this may be disappointing. It looks more similar to an overgrown Windows phone than a laptop. But maybe I’m wrong. I would love to see Microsoft prove me wrong.

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The mention of Office is a good one, as is the suggestion that Windows RT and its Marketplace apps is going to turn some people off. It’s also prudent to remind people the Surface RT isn’t meant to be an ultrabook alternative, and anyone buying it with such a comparison in mind will be disappointed. Perhaps the Surface Pro will better fit the bill.

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Comments (30)
  • Andrei Bogdan

    After all windows 8 is made for tablets and I think that’s really wrong but the concept seems great , also this tablet looks really good and I would rather buy this than an Ipad .

  • Yiz Borol

    Pretty good assessment.

  • Achraf Almouloudi

    As we watched Microsoft prepared a wide range of 1.000 certified Windows 8 devices, which immediately changed my mind about it, there is Desktop, Laptop, All In One, Smartphone, Tablet and Ultrabook devices already certified, so I can choose whatever my taste wants and still get the standard quality Microsoft defined to it’s partners .

    • Thomas Slaughter

      To that I agree heartily. The wide range on which Windows 8 can be used. I’m holding out for the Surface Pro in January. I use MS Office too much, including Outlook, plus the Surface Pro will be able to run pretty much any program.

      Cannot figure why they released the RT version first. Almost like they are trying to shoot themselves in the foot.

    • Achraf Almouloudi

      If they released Surface Pro first, it would success but leave no place for Surface RT to succeed and get their “tablet” initiative up. So look now, people bought Surface RT once it became available AND they will buy Surface Pro once it’ll come, just to experience Windows 8 Pro on an “official” tablet, this is how consumers works .

  • RickZ

    I didn’t know Microsoft teamed up with Milton Bradley to update the children’s toy Simon from the 80′. Wow, something for ages 3 – 11. On top of that there are different versions for teenagers.

    I am running Windows 8 Release preview on an extra computer. While I don’t mind a learning curve I do find it very annoying to use. I am very tech savvy but if I am struggling to find things I can’t imagine regular consumers grasping some of the simple tasks. When I first boot up I have to go through too many screens just to get back to the Desktop where I do most of the time doing things. The (Metro) screen is barely ever used for anything. I added a bunch of apps but still find that I go right back to my regular desktop. I know the tabs will be customizable but as it is all those tabs running different “live” apps are very distracting. Maybe if I was utilizing mind altering substances I would enjoy all the things going on.

    With that said on a tablet or phone I am sure it is much more enjoyable but I still cant get past the fact that it looks like an 80’s childs toy.

    Android is great for people who want full customization and the latest OS Jellybean has some awesome options.

    IOS 6 is even better and it’s synch capabilities make it a cut above everything else. Siri just keeps getting better and if things keep improving with Apple’s Icloud and Siri I can’t see where this will fit in.

    The selling point seems to be that it runs full Office and your can do anything on it. I am confused as I can do Word, Powerpoint, Excel on my tablet now. Maybe for Business travelers it would combine the best of both but I still see MS having a long way to go to catch up to the rest.

    Who knows maybe it will sell like crazy but I just don’t see the wow factor like Apple and Android has established. I went with Android initially because it supported Mobile flash and now I have an Ipad and see how things are “supposed” to run. But thats my 1/2 cents. It would be great to try a Win 8 tablet just to see hoe it compares having used Android, Palm OS and IOS.

    • Dave Parrack

      I’m sure Microsoft would love for you to visit one of its stores to try out the Surface. Sadly those stores are few and far between compared to Apple’s stores.

      Perhaps they should have renamed Metro as Simon… it’s certainly catchier than whatever it’s called now.

  • Mac Witty

    Nice with one more company doing tablets. If all survive I think it will keep them all on top

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