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What do you think about Microsoft Surface?


How do you welcome this tablet ?


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Opened by Antoine Fournier, Head of ECM, Input and Output management, Zurich Insurance
Aug 10, 2012.



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Mark Reynolds Principal, Mark Reynolds IT Consulting
Aug 12, 2012

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I think Microsoft's Surface will not only be a welcome answer to Apple's iPad for Microsoft fans, but that it goes far beyond merely being an alternative tablet.

At least in the case of the Surface Pro, the backwards link into the world of Microsoft Software will be very important for many users. For corporate IT, who are already steeped in the world of Microsoft in the back office server infrastructure if not predominantly on the desktop, and for whom Active Directory and control over devices is extremely important, Microsoft's Surface will be a welcome relief to the dilemma of BYOD.

Many commentators have made significant mileage out of questioning whether Microsoft's Surface will be adequate as a laptop or desktop replacement. Microsoft have never made such a claim. The Surface tablet becomes simply one more highly useful device in the ecosystem circle of servers, desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles. Each one has its specific advantages & disadvantages. The Surface tablet will never be a complete laptop replacement - but it goes a long way to creating content on the move compared to the content consumption - content creation demarcation between tablet and laptop of the Apple world. The Surface tablet fills in this gap, allowing it to be used as both a content consumption and a *reasonable* content creation device.

Some will no doubt find that more serious content creation will still require a laptop or a desktop - if only to get larger screen real estate. The Surface tablet, however, will be a much quicker whip-out at conferences, breaks, and brief idle moments than a laptop can ever be.

The emphasis on the now de-facto standard of HD & Full HD rather than obsessing about "Retina display" (which is not that much higher a resolution anyway) is a brilliant move in seeking to close the circle of convergence and device ecosystem with natural comatibility. This compatibility move is even further complemented through the HD resolution of the upcoming Windows 8 smartphones.

To me, Microsoft's Surface seems the perfect fit.
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Antoine Fournier 67 Antoine Fournier Head of ECM, Input and Output management, Zurich Insurance

Aug 19, 2012
Thank you Mark for this precise answer that gives good insight on Surface positioning. I voted it up!
Do you mean that MS is in fact ending the iPad era as a technological "happening", and making tablets a standard technology offer among all others?

Andrew S. Baker 13 Andrew S. Baker Virtual CIO (Expert Technology Consulting Services), BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC

Oct 15, 2012
Well said, Mark.

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Andrew S. Baker Virtual CIO (Expert Technology Consulting Services), BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC
Oct 15, 2012


I think that Mark sums it up quite well.
I am quite eager to see Surface arrive, and welcome its entry into the market place.
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