So, Microsoft took the “let us show what can really be done with Windows Tablets” route. From afar I like what I see. They didn’t say anything about 4G support, and I really want that. And I have some other nits to pick. But overall this was a good announcement. Yes there was innovation…I LUST after one of those keyboard/covers.
There was something subtle and important too. The Surface will only be available from the Microsoft Stores and some online channels. That means they will not be competing with OEMs in the channels they use. You won’t be comparing a Microsoft Surface with a Toshiba, HP, Dell, Lenovo, or Sony Tablet at your local Best Buy or Walmart. And you won’t be comparing it to a Samsung or Nokia Tablet at your carrier’s store. It is, at once, an iconic product line and one that OEMs can tolerate being in the market. Sure it will challenge OEMs to up their game, but that is a good…no great…thing. And it will let Microsoft control it’s image, and ultimately it’s success. And if the OEMs do let Microsoft down? Microsoft can expand both the channels and products in the Surface lineup. Carrot and Stick.
Please tell me these devices have 4G! If they do, tell me where I can pre-order.