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Readers share their thoughts on Microsoft's newly announced Surface tablet:

I guess I don't get it. The MS Surface to me is unexciting. When I'm doing heavy work I prefer my 15.6" Dell notebook or my XPS with its 22" monitor. When sitting here in my chair relaxing, my iPad is the perfect environment. I read my books here, listen to my albums, browse the Web and play a game or two. Not interested in Metro in any form factor, really.

Sell your Apple stock now.

What we have in Surface is just another Ultrabook with a touchscreen. Most people that I know who own iPads use it for what it was designed for -- content consumption, not creation. All they need is a browser and some apps to make the UI simple. That's it. A full-blown Win 8 machine is probably more than what they want. I don't think that this will be an iPad killer, but an ultrabook killer. OEMs must be howling made about that.

Ballmer's been reading my mail! It looks like the Surface machine is built to be a lot better for information creators than the typical flat glass tablet. That makes it much more desirable from my point of view, though I have exactly zero desire to learn and use the stupid new Metro interface. Guess I'm not really a Metrosexual! All that said, I'm afraid there are a lot more drones, oops, sorry that's 'consumers' out there than creators. That, plus the fact that neither Bill G nor Steve B will ever have a cult of personality like the
departed Mr. Jobs, and I don't know if the Surface will sell any better than the Playbook.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 06/21/2012 at 1:19 PM


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