And we can push all this advertising for only $18!
R3? Do you post similar snark when people post stuff about Apple products? No? I didn't think so. Huh, perhaps you have an axe to grind?
Surface is truly an amazing device ... or it would have been five years ago.
But with MSFT's usual Johnny-come-lately market prowess, they are wiping up Apple's rear.
Stop trying to "me too," Microsoft.
It's time to INNOVATE!
Surface is actually pretty innovative compared to the iPad. For about the same size and weight, it simply is much more capable and powerful, and the 'blade' snap-in touch keyboards are a definite innovation (and the new backlit ones that are even thinner are very cool). Look at the new one for DJs (and DJ wannabes) they came out with. Lots of potential there. Never mind being able to run FULL Office, run touch-screen apps side-by-side, and sync easily with your Win8 PC in ways the iPAD just can't do with your Mac.
The only problem is that the ecosystem is years behind the iPad/iOS ecosystem. But of course that's a solvable problem, and it's a growing ecosystem too. Soon (next year) developers will be able to write apps once that run across Windows/Nokia phones, Surface tablets, convertibles, laptops, desktops and gaming consoles.
It's a good, and innovative vision. It remains to be seen if they can realize all that potential, and get more than a small minority to buy into it.
And then there's the Surface Pro with its digitizing pen, touch screen, and full Windows app compatibility. I bought one, and have an entire enterprise app running on it (web-server, SQL database server, etc.) and it's running just as fast as my desktop at work. When you add the new dock, it's a definite win for people who want a desktop experience and then just pick it up and take it on the road. And graphic artists and web-comic/artists love it for the pen and the ability to sketch & draw & create anywhere they are.
Yes, this sounds like a commercial, I know, sorry... but the claim that it's not innovative is kind of bullshit, and there are a lot of target niche markets for this thing already. I think it's wrong to be so dismissive.
At least they aren't doing more stupid dancing commercials.
Steve Balmer truly is the autistic version of Jon Ivey.
There's some truth in that, R7. But... Steve Balmer isn't a designer. He's a businessman. So he's not really nearly as talented as someone like Jon Ivey.
BTW, here's the new Windows 8.1 preview ad they're running:
Actually, R16, the Surface Pros sold well and people who have them generally love them.
It's the Surface RT that had issues with returns and demand... because people apparently didn't understand it was like an iPad, not a laptop, and that it couldn't run any Windows 7 desktop apps... only the new "tablet" style Windows 8 apps.
The latest Windows 8.1 ad is released. I have to say, I like these ads better than the Windows 8.0 ones. They actually show features and why you'd want this thing. Shocking.
Windows 8.1 is released on Friday... Windows 8.0 users get it for free. Everyone else has to pay through the nose, or get it with a new PC/Tablet/Laptop. It's really a ton better than Windows 8.0, imho.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
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