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HP's dismissal of Microsoft Surface would be a lot more convincing if it had something actually pushing the Windows envelope.
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Insult competition, scramble furiously to come up with a product response.
 
It's ironic, because IMO, Microsoft would never have done the Surface if HP had followed through with all their promised Windows 7 tablets/Slates.  
 
My wife uses her i pad with a bluetooth keyboard most of the time. We saw a nice windows 8 touch screen laptop with a good screen at the microsoft store in the mall. But until there are decent windows 8 apps I don't think that the not quite windows 8 that is on the surface will cut it.

We were talking about this last night and the biggest issue with the ipad and windows 8 metro apps is that she can't have multiple things open. She wants her note taking software, the various project data portals open, the current presentation open and maybe a browser window or two open so she can quickly switch between them. Alt tab or what ever is not as good. So she needs a laptop in meetings. Windows 8 is trying to make you laptop look like a phone when it should be trying to make you phone look like a laptop.
 
+Dan Macek Bad Dan! Bad! You're not allowed to say "Metro" anymore. Some Microsoft enforcers should be coming by your place soon with the thumbscrews to make sure you properly appreciate UX branding subtleties.

You can switch among apps by swiping in from the left edge of the screen then U-turning your finger direction back to the edge. I find it totally random -- like trying to remember arbitrary differences between Ctrl-Shift-This and Ctrl-Alt-That. Maybe I'll get used to it.

Windows 8 in Metro mode, err, I mean the user interface formerly known as Metro, is pretty much geared for one full-screen app. That's appropriate for tablets and small laptops. For my home setup with dual monitors, it's stupid. I also want to see my browser tabs all the time because I constantly switch among them. For those scenarios, I see the traditional desktop as vastly more practical even if it isn't as UI glam.
 
The hotel I stay at whenever I'm in Munich had a Microsoft booth where one could play with and even loan a Surface tablet. I played with one for about half an hour. The hardware seemed fine. Graphics were fluid. No stuttering. But I really disliked the dual interface. It felt like two compelety separate interface that were stiched together in a way that they would more or less work together. Reminded me of that OS 9 mode in OS X. Can't remember its name. One example: Click on the 'World' tile in the Metro interface. Desktop interface starts and load desktop version of Word. It felt very clunky.
 
The dual interface is awful. I don't know what else Microsoft could have done unless they wanted to start over like Apple did with iOS, but let's face it, Microsoft scrapping the existing x86 ecosystem would have been foolish in the extreme. So I guess it's defensible. When more developers get on board with Metro apps it'll be less awful, but still split personality. What the long-term future holds I couldn't say, but at a minimum we'll have many years of dual interfaces.
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