I think a misconception here is that Microsoft intends Surface to come to market in the PC-centric Windows ecosystem it dominates. I believe it is targeting the Tablet/ARM ecosystem which to date has been so resistant to PC-like entrants. I think it has come up with its own offering to help manage a transition into this new market with a pretty distinctive offering. This is bound to get interesting
Linux is the light? You must be joking. There is no free lunch after all. Linux may sound nice on the surface. Once all the real-world cost (support, maintenance, structure, applications, etc.) are put on, the total cost of ownership of a Linux system will not be far off from those running either Windows or OSx.
I am more disturbed by how so many people willingly spend the hard-earned money to buy a computing device (iPad) with so many limitation. iPad is dwarf to Surface RT in terms of capability, yet people like the editor of this article choose to be blind-folded by the fruit logo!
This sounds nice in theory, but in reality, things are never as nicely "tied together" as they could/should be.
And no, I'm not an Apple fanboy. In fact, I find it disturbing that we're going from a closed, controlling dominant company like Microsoft to an even more closed and controlling dominant company like Apple.
Meanwhile, I'm happy to use Linux myself, and wish more people would see the light, so support from hardware manufacturers and third party developers would improve.
Apple folks always forget that microsoft has a massive business server infrastructure behind the desktop and moble products. Microsoft also has the massive Xbox market. Windows 8 ties all the phone, tablet, desktop and gaming devies together.
Apple isn't even close when you look at the broad market.
dkalfjs, What kool-aid are you drinking? I've used Windows 8 beta for several months along side of the new iPad, and the Surface is not an iPad killer rather it's a modest attempt to play catch-up for a race that started 2+ years ago.
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