How Microsoft Surface Stacks Up Against Its Tablet Competition
Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:01 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:28 PM
Must be running WXP since W8 has recycle and refresh they help a bit to your problem. Also try using partitions so that you reinstall your OS while keeping your files with time you can do it in less then 20 minutes. As well as restore points makes one at clean install and that will keep your PC running like new. These apply to all PC you could do it with windows xp or 7 but windows 8 installs in about 5 minutes. I don't see this as a negative factor for Surface Pro though, its just users need to help themselfs to maintaining there computers.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:16 PM
Ultimately, the price will be the biggest deciding factor on whether either Surface model has the possibility of doing well.
And even if the price is at a good level, they will still have an uphill battle against rather entrenched competition (mainly the iPad, but also Android tablets).
I fully think they look interesting, but it is just too little information available to really evaluate how well they realistically stack up against the competition. While "techies" drool over spec sheets, the vast majority of people who buy tablets (and other devices) things other than tech spec sheets tend to drive their decisions.
I will be interested to learn more when Microsoft finally releases them in the next couple weeks.
I will note that the other factor is the Microsoft has said they will only sell Surfaces through their own stores. While I am sure that a number of people will order them from the website sight unseen, I have to wonder if having very limited physical stores will dramatically hinder their sales. A lot of people like to "lay hands on" things before they purchase (this is a general problem with more and more "retail" sales going online...not just a Microsoft issue).
Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:57 AM
No. Not the current windows programs. Surface with Windows 8 RT will only run apps specifically written for that platform. Current windows programs will run on Surface with Windows 8 PRO, which will use an Intel processor (an likely cost similar to an ultrabook) and I think is slated for a later release.