Below The Surface
So Microsoft went and introduced a tablet computer, huh?
I watched some of the live blogging coverage from the Milk studios in LA, where the announcement was made.
And though it seemed like an interesting product, doing Surface means I’d have to do Windows, and I’ve done everything possible to minimize my exposure to Windows, and I’m going to keep it that way.
I learned as much as possible about Mac OS X. I’m now getting much more familiar with Linux (Ubuntu 12.04, in particular). And so I’venot been in a steady Windows environment for some time now.
And you know what? I really don’t miss it.
This has nothing to do with the old OS/2 v. Windows grudge match.
I’ve long been over that. It simply has to do with what environment is it that helps me get my job done day in and day out, and be productive with minimum interference from the realities and demands of the operating system.
And the UNIX-based Mac OS X does that.
So, for the most part, does Linux (although Linux can be a little more of a challenge until you get the basic hang of it as an OS).
Windows, on the other hand, I always felt was intruding in my productivity.
There was always something going wrong in Windows for me. There was always something crashing. Something needing to be moved from one place to another for something else to work. Some file to associate with some thing to get the app to open. And on and on and on.
Mac’s don’t do that. For me, Macs just work.
As much as I liked PC guy, Mac guy definitely won the computing platform war.
And I have a feeling that will be the case with tablets as well.
First, Apple has a two year head start. Apple has a massive application install base, one that increasingly links the Macbook line with the iPad, and an audience of several million happy iPad campers.
But, admittedly, Microsoft does have going for them the massive Windows footprint and install base of their productivity apps stretching eons into the past.
If they can convince the market the Surface is a productivity tool, and capitalize on that massive footprint, there could be a there there.
But if they think they’ll compete on a feature match as a leisure tablet device, I think the Surface will soon sink well below it.