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  1. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    So... the 1.76lb SP3 at 9mm thick is "thin and light", but the 1.66lb, 7.8mm thick Galaxy Note Pro is "huge and heavy". Thanks for the objective reporting, The Verge!
  2. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    As I understood it, the new MS is all about software and services and letting go of the hardware stuff (the timing of the Nokia purchase is just another Steve Ballmer disaster). Hence Office finally being released for all platforms. The Nokia camera guru jumped ship for Apple. Does that tell you...
  3. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    The bottom line is, productivity goes up as the screen size increases. So this 8" Surface tablet will be a combo of shitty tablet and shitty productivity tool. Seriously, just stop already. Surface sucks balls and cannot be salvaged. I'm assuming this is the last gasp of the old regime at MS.
  4. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Yes, the Pro model includes the stylus.
  5. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    It's almost a good deal. It still too heavy for a tablet and too small for a notebook (plus it doesn't appear to include a keyboard, so that's going to tack on another $100-$150 to the package). Tempting, though.
  6. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I actually recommended the Surface Pro 2 to my cousin this weekend. He does CAD design work and wanted something with a stylus. While the Note 10.1 was okay, the Surface Pro 2 had the big advantage of replacing his Windows laptop, Macbook, and iPad combo when traveling. The only hitch was the...
  7. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Still dead.
  8. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Windows RT... is still dead. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/25/4769492/dell-drops-windows-rt-xps-10-tablet Yes, MS released a new RT tablet. THAT NO ONE WILL BUY. The scariest thing for MS is that they acknowledge that the future is mobile. But Android has disrupted their business model...
  9. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I think that dropping the RT is more confusing that having added it in the first place. The way it is now, it sounds like the difference between Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro is the latter is more business-y. In fact, they are two wholly divergent operating systems. They should rename the...
  10. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    There's talk of an RT2 tablet, but no real specs. Is Microsoft prideful enough to make a small batch that won't sell any units just to pretend RT isn't dead even though it totally is?
  11. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    It's dead, Jim: Asustek Pulls Plug on Windows RT Tablets Like I said, no one wants to make these.
  12. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Meanwhile, this should absolutely scare the living shit out of MS: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/29/at-current-pace-tablets-will-outsell-pcs-by-q2-2014/ With a DOA tablet and a contracting PC market, their bread and butter is being eaten for lunch. If more people realized how many basic...
  13. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Its sole purpose was to sell Widows licenses for tablets. The problem was, their competitors didn't charge for software licenses. Which meant there was no way they were going to break into the market. They have zero chance of gaining any traction in the market. Zero. There are so few use cases...
  14. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    This whole Surface tablet thing is, predictably, completely dead in the water. The fact that the WinRT license is something like $180 because it's bundled with Office means absolutely zero OEMs will make one at a competitive price. Apple can essentially give away its software with its...
  15. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    When is a sell out not a sell out? Then again, everyone knew they artificially constrained supplies so they could act like the Surface Pro is a huge seller. Also, MS marketing = Lame. They really should fire their marketing department. They have no idea how to get on message.
  16. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    iPad should be able to handle RDP with Pocket Cloud (I've seen it with my own eyes). There are a half dozen other RDP apps for iOS as well.
  17. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Not seeing anything for Android regarding RWW. RWW is a feature with Windows Home Server and requires Active X through IE. If you want something less expensive but lighter and longer lasting, there's a new Lenovo tablet out that's been well reviewed: http://gdgt.com/lenovo/thinkpad/tablet/2/...
  18. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Right now, the Transformer Infinity and Keyboard dock can be had for under $600. The dock gives you another 6 hours of runtime and has a full USB port for many different kinds of HID devices as well as USB storage. I can plug a USB mouse and use it to control my RDP session, with right click and...
  19. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    To be the "no compromise" device MS is shooting for, it has to have a 9 hour battery and weigh
  20. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Surface RT, AFAIK, does not do VPN. Surface Pro is simply Windows 8 so it should be able to, but a thick >2lb tablet with a 4 hour battery life sounds like the last thing to consider. $900 is also steep for what your father is looking for. Meanwhile, there are over a dozen apps for Android that...
  21. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Troubling numbers for Windows Phone: http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/android-powered-third-all-mobile-phones-shipped-q4-2012 They shipped less WP phones last quarter than RIM shipped BBs, and are still mired with
  22. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I'm still a little iffy on the 7.7 mil figure since Nokia shipped 4.4 mil Lumia models (including all 7.0 and 8.0) worldwide. With HTC and Samsung selling next to nothing, I don't see how 7.7 mil was reached. Verizon didn't even have a Windows Phone for sale last quarter. In fact, Windows Phone...
  23. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    They can recompile Win8 apps for RT, but the mobile app world is making them by and large for phones and tablets, not for desktop systems or hybrid tablets with zero market share. The other problem is that a recompiled Win8 app often runs like shit on the lower powered ARM processor. So you...
  24. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Not 100% sure, but they are separate licences AFAIK. To be fair, Apple has separate licences for phone and tablet apps too.
  25. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Surface Pro, Windows 8, and Windows Touchscreen are all the same OS. The only difference is form factor. Laptops come in touch or non-touch. The commonality here is that they all run on Intel and compatible chips (from AMD, for instance). They run Windows 8 touch programs as well as legacy...
  26. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Where did you get that 7 million activations number? Because from what I've read, Nokia shipped 4.4 million worldwide in 4Q, but only a fraction of that was sold in the US (which makes sense since it was an AT&T carrier exclusive). The combo of HTC and Samsung was dwarfed by Nokia. And even with...
  27. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    One of the hugest oversights with the Surface campaign was not explaining where you could buy them. Even just a reminder to go to Surface.com would have been better than leading you to believe you could walk into a Target and buy one. I still maintain that much of the failure of Surface and...
  28. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Do you mean that's it indirectly promotes Windows 8? Because I'm reading that the $400 million was for Surface alone: "Thurrott also tweeted that he's been told that Microsoft is spending $400 million on its Surface ad campaign -- plus whatever it's spending on its Windows 8 ad campaign. "...
  29. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Surface Pro reviews are in, and they're about the same as the Surface RT: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/02/06/microsoft-surface-pro-review-roundup/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/2027242/microsoft-surface-pro-reviews-device-is-good-not-great-critics-say.html Almost all of them take the...
  30. Hanson

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I assume if he was avoiding Android and iOS, he's going to love his Surface RT since he won't be able to compare it against anything. Surface RT isn't even a glorified Chromebook at this point.