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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.
There is a disturbing trend in the gadget world, and it's that laptop, tablet and phone makers aren't taking battery life seriously enough. Yes, having touch on a Windows 8 notebook is great, but not if the computer lasts an hour and a half less than one without that capability. And what good is a smartphone with an HD display and superfast processor if you have to plug it in around lunchtime?
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.
Still waiting to get your greasy fingers on one of those crazy expensive Surface 2 touch-tables? You probably won’t get to play cool demos like those shown in this video, but you will be able to create and order your own photo book from Fuji Film.