June 19, 2012

Ihnatko: Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Something To Get Excited About

Andy Ihnatko (Chicago Sun-Times) on Microsoft's new tablet machine, the Surface:

"The devices also sport standard USB and HDMI ports and card slots; you can dock the senior Surface tablet to a keyboard and screen when you get to your desk and use it as a conventional desktop PC. "

That's the key feature that will sell approximately a zillion of these things. It's a tablet/laptop/desktop machine, all in one.

Clearly Microsoft is going its own way, diverging from Apple's bifurcated world of mobile on the one hand (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and desktop/laptop on the other. Add the forthcoming Windows 8 with its Metro user interface to the mix and personal computing has a new battleground!

Still no word on price or availability, though.