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What do you think about Microsoft Surface? Will you buy?
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I love it. The pro is my dream come true.
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I want that sooooooo bad, it is a dream.. I love you Windows!
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Can't wait for it to come out, I am definitely putting my money's worth, forget the Ipad, look out Surface Pro!
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Better than an engagement ring!
 
No price, no release date: vaporware.
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Who cares its coming soon, I am sure withing this fall at least..
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That is a minor issue..
 
I never buy first generation technology. The next generation, usually a year later, adds and fixes all the stuff that is broken and left out. 
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I was too busy trying to figure why in the hell Microsoft made the hinges sound like high-end car doors to like Surface...
 
That's the exact machine I've been waiting for, but unfortunately is has Windows on it. 
 
I definitely want to try - But Buy? Lets wait and see.
 
If I can use Windows apps on it, it will be a no-brainer.  The only stickler now is the responsiveness and response of the screen to the pen input.
 
I wonder what kind of gaming platform it will be ?
 
I'll give the Pro a whirl. I finally settled on a good device combo this year with the Transformer Prime and the Zenbook, but it'd be nice to merge the functionality into one machine.
 
+Dusan Vranjes I hear this idea all time; how tablets are crappy for productivity. It's absolute donkey balls. I'm on the road two weeks out of every month and I'm in and out of conferences constantly. Laptop dies? Out comes my Transformer and I don't miss a beat. Where tablets lag is in intensive photo, video and audio work and you know what? For the most part so do laptops. If you're doing that kind of work, you need a decently specced desktop. For everything else a good tablet/dock combo works just fine. This just looks like a refinement of that model, not a radical improvement. And anyone who goes RT over Pro is going to be stuck with a piss poor (compared to Android and iOS) app environment for a considerable amount of time.
 
Not excited at all.  I'm 98% happy with my Transformer from ASUS.  It has an external tactile keyboard dock with extra battery for those Trans-Pacific flights back to NYC that take me 21 hrs door-to-door.  Also, the keyboard on the ASUS is solid so I can rest it on my tummy or lap while in bed watching Netflix while my wife watches what she wants on TV.  Granted, I should have waited for the newer versions of the Transformer to be released....but I just couldn't wait.
 

Battery life?
LTE?
Price?
WinRT Apps?
WinPRO desktop apps with touch?
16:9 on productivity apps in a 10" tablet?

So many questions that needs great answers for this tablets to be a success..

 
Surface looks great. But what about the specs?
 
I would buy an iPad before I'd buy this.  And I'd never buy an iPad.

If companies like Asus and Motorola can work with Canonical to bring #ubuntuforandroid to the Transformer series of tablets, Atrix phones, and other mobile devices with dedicated keyboard docks, that will be an awesome day for mobile device users.

But this Microsoft Surface?  I just don't really see anything that new or interesting here.
 
+Ulf Karlsson With Ubuntu by itself, nothing.  But Ubuntu for Android would let the recent dual-purpose devices like the Asus Padfone and Transformer line of tablets and the Motorola Atrix live up to their promise and potential, and really be all-in-one, all-purpose computing devices.  Currently, while they can change form factors to become laptops, they're still limited by an OS and apps designed for smartphones and tablets.  Wtih Ubuntu for Android, they can run regular desktop applications when in ""Ubuntu mode", and instantly switch back to the more mobile-friendly Android when on-the-go.
 
It's a computer in the form of a tablet that doubles as a laptop or desktop. Ok Microsoft. I'm in.
 
It's not an EPIC fail, but it's a typical Microsoft pre-announcement: "Look at this cool thing we've created! Don't ask us any questions about how long the battery lasts, or how much it will cost you, or when you can order one. But it's COOL and will be all things to all people!"
 
Has anyone had a chance to compare it with an Asus Transformer?
 
No, it is not out on the market yet.
 
Kind of like the idea with a windows tab but the way the present it worries me. Pretty much all the pictures seem to aim for the laptop crowd rather than selling a tablet. For me it's great if it can do a decent impression of a laptop but I want a really good tablet first and foremost. The pictures make me wonder if microsoft really has that to offer. 
 
Surface would need to be the most unbelievable tablet ever for me to even consider buying it. Microsoft (and Apple) have really put me off with their constant patent trolling. It has become a principle thing for me. Microsoft (and Apple) have forced me to use more and more +Google products and I thank them for opening my eyes. Still, the advertisement looks good and I hope it does well. Competition is good for us consumers:)
 
As app developers, we're excited to check it out. Not sure they really had to take away the Surface brand from their interactive tables, but we're curious to see what Microsoft has done!
 
Too late....MS was sleeping since last two years
 
+Dusan Vranjes: "Does your Transformer run Office 2010? or Photoshop? or Dreamweaver? SAP?
And PLEASE don't tell me there are alternative Apps because they have nothing in common with the "original" programs.
Some have an awkward interface and some look nice but have as little as 1% of the features."

Those "original" programs aren't that original...  LibreOffice/OpenOffice began as StarOffice, which was first released 6 years before Microsoft Office.  As for the 1% of features comment, you're just showing your ignorance of those applications.  I would say that LibreOffice Writer has more features and is all-around a better word processing application than Microsoft Word.  It's not as pretty, but I prefer my productivity software to actually be productive.  Appearance is an afterthought.  (OTOH, LibreOffice is working on a complete overhaul of its interface to be released some time this year.)

GIMP is just as good as Photoshop, and has the advantage of not costing hundreds of dollars.

As for Dreamweaver, Bluefish is a better HTML editor pretty much any way you look at it, since it supports a larger number of technologies.  It's not WYSIWYG, but I've never understood the use of WYSIWYG HTML editors, since the point isn't to have the page look good in the WYSIWYG editor, but in the various web browsers.  IMO, If you're not viewing the web page in two or three different browsers as you're working on it to make sure it's being displayed how you think it should, you're doing it wrong.

But to answer your first question last... no, the Transformer doesn't currently run these applications.  But that's why I'm personally looking forward to Ubuntu for Android.  Being able to run a standard desktop version of Linux on a tablet when docked opens up a lot of possibilities.  And I think it's a more exciting solution than the Surface for several reasons. 

First, Ubuntu for Android would effectively turn any Android device into a personal computer.  All you need is a keyboard of some sort and, in the case of a smartphone, a television or monitor.  Devices like the Transformer, Padfone, and Atrix would naturally benefit the most, but when even lower-end Android smartphones and tablets can act as a personal computer, it opens up computing to people who otherwise couldn't afford a computer. 

Second, it provides more versitility.  Android is well-designed for mobile devices, while the various Linux desktop environments are better for desktop computing.  Windows 8 tries to be good at both, and, in my opinion, fails to excel at either.  Ubuntu For Android would provide an interface specifically designed for the way the device is being used.

Third, thanks to compatibility layers like Wine and CrossOver, Ubuntu for Android would allow not only Linux software to run on Android devices, but also Windows applications.  While there's just as large a selection of software available for Linux as for Windows, if you absolutely have to run some Windows application, you have that option.

The Surface doesn't impress me much, because it's basically just a slimmed-down HP Touchsmart, and it's only one specific mobile device that can double as a personal computer.  Ubuntu for Android, on the other hand, would enable any Android device to double as a personal computer, and provide a more tailored experience.
 
+Adam Bond I was in the same situation, but my netbook was starting to show its age, and wasn't as powerful as I would have liked.  So I finally bought an Asus Transformer Prime.  Quad-core processor, great graphics, and it has the optional keyboard dock that allows it to be used as a tablet.  Now if Asus will just port Ubuntu For Android to its tablets so I can use a full desktop OS when docked, it will be pretty much perfect.
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