Microsoft Surface has just received its most important endorsement—a spot on Oprah's Favourite Things 2012. Here's Oprah's>stellar review.
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Microsoft has guts. It's what you get when you're the underdog. Either that or you curl into an RIM-shaped ball and die. Microsoft is the underdog because no matter how many hundreds of millions of people use its software, the cool and the future belong to Apple. Or belonged, perhaps. After yesterday's Surface event — assuming they don't fumble the execution — Gates's children may have found the weapon to stop the heirs of Jobs and turn the tide.
Microsoft had one of the biggest product announcements in the company's history last night: the pair of Surface tablets that will take on the iPad and the MacBook Air simultaneously. But since only a handful of tech journalists were invited — and since we're guessing you don't have an hour to watch the full thing — we've chopped a video of the whole thing down to just the good bits.
Microsoft's event today was long on promise and short on specs. RAM? We dunno. Processor speed? We dunno. Price? We dunno. Release date? We dunno. But even a very brief hands-on made something abundantly clear: it's a super solid device and if Microsoft can deliver what it demoed, the iPad finally has a real competitor and Android has a big problem.
Microsoft doesn't want to take any chances with Windows 8 — if it's going to be the best operating system ever, it's going to need some serious hardware. So Microsoft has built its own tablet. Meet Surface.
The problem with a multi-user tabletop computer is that it's difficult for the software to keep track of who's using it. Unless you strap a Kinect sensor to the underside that lets it make note of their footwear choices.
I keep forgetting how wonderful Microsoft's Surface technology is. Here, the New York Times R&D Lab have taken it, bent it to their will, and created news-centric tabletop interface that you'll want to play with every morning. Just maybe not eat on.
Microsoft Surface has largely been an exciting tech demo, with highly original interface concepts limited by the bulky and expensive nature of the device itself. But word from one of the foremost software developers for the Microsoft Surface indicates the next generation is 'imminent' and will make the platform far more versatile
What would you like to see in a HTC tablet? Something running Android? Chrome OS? A touchscreen built by N-Trig, the same guys who were behind the Microsoft Surface?