This is a story I've always wanted to write. In the wake of Microsoft's frankly excellent Windows 10 presentation yesterday, Redmond is finally killing off Windows RT. Hooray!
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How do you get so close to releasing an interesting technology product, cancel it, and pretend it never existed? Microsoft's Surface Mini was real, and one person thinks it was actually better than the Surface 2.
Last year’s Nokia World conference was a beaut. We got some Windows Phone phablets and a cool new app or two, all mixed in with the promise of the long-rumoured Lumia tablet from Nokia. It perplexed some, intrigued others and delighted us with the promise of what looked to be a bright new future for a troubled, yet beloved brand. Now that we’re through the looking glass, however, it’s clear that not everything with the aforementioned Lumia 2520 is as it seems.
Briefly: Microsoft has a "small gathering" for its Surface tablets planned for New York City on May 20th — read between the lines, and it looks like a reduced-size Surface is on the way. An 8-inch tablet would make the Surface even more portable, and give the reigning champion iPad Mini even more competition.
A new generation of Windows tablets has arrived with the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2, their second generation tablet, and the Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia's first ever tablet. With virtually identical functionality and OS software, it is the quality and performance of their displays that really differentiates the tablets.
Up until now, pretty much your only option for a Windows RT tablet was the Surface 2. But now Nokia is giving you another choice, in the form of the Lumia 2520, a colourful line of tablets that look even larger versions of its rainbow phones.
So it's a bit odd that the 32GB Surface actually only turns up with 16GB of space, because Windows RT takes up half of it, but suing Microsoft? Really? Why don’t you just stick an SD in there and call it a day? What’s wrong with you?
Product placement in TV and movies is nothing new. Sony for example almost single-handedly funded Casino Royale a few years back, and Ford has had its products all over the CW network for ages now. I'm generally alright with product placement in TV and movies, as long as it's not overt. What follows is a lesson direct from Microsoft about how not to subtly place your product in front of an audience.
Everyone who has gone hands-on with the Surface RT this week has said the same thing: they wanted to like it, but just couldn't get there when the rubber hit the road. One of the first Surface RT units landed in Australia this morning, and we got hands on with it. Is it really the misfire people are labelling it as? Not necessarily.