The most unlikely of companies to really surprise people, Microsoft has heard the call loud and clear and has taken the PC on board with full force.
In case you haven’t heard Microsoft announced it’s new “Surface” Tablet today(No not THAT Surface). It’s not often Microsoft gets high levels of praise upon an announcement. Usually the reception is indifferent, or leaning positive, but this has the crowds going wild. Microsoft’s own 10.6 inch tablet, to lead Windows 8. Why is it special? What does it do that other tablets don’t? It just looks like a combination of good things so what?
That’s the jist of it though. While every other PC manufacturer is scrambling to emulate the Macbook Air feel, Microsoft in one glorious moment has just given the PC and windows operating system what might need to evolve. Microsoft line of thinking is just that. PC’s don’t need to die, and neither do their interactions and Microsoft have managed to put quite a impressive offering to do so. 10.6 inch screen, the latest windows operating system, HDMI, Cameras, Gorilla glass, Microsoft’s new smart covers(which put Apple’s to shame) and even allows choice of models and systems. The standard ARM model will be priced to compete with current ARM base tablets and come in 32/64 GB quantities, while the pro model despite being priced at “Ultrabook-class” prices will come packed with an Ivy Bridge Core i5, already making it supremely powerful compared to the Ipad and Android tablets currently on the market.
They went so far as to even offer an their own solution to overheating, by letting the tablet itself serve as a vent and casually push the heat out without you so much as feeling it! Combine that with an incredibly intelligent software guiding the screen, stylus support, a build in kick-stand, perfectly positionedand less than 1 mm, yes ONE mm thick, surface typing on a semi-physical keyboard, and full support for all of microsoft’s programs both new and old, and suddenly the price becomes a bargain! The Microsoft surface is what Apple wishes it could do. Wield a powerful force with so many simple yet intuitive features to back up and offer the power to rival more commonly sold machines. Yet ironically Microsoft has utilized those thoughts to keep it’s bread and butter business alive and even push it further towards life. The Post PC era? Never existed, PC’s were just waiting for the right time to make their stand.