MG Siegler on the problem with the Microsoft Surface:
First of all, for everything Microsoft did show off yesterday they left out some of the most important details. Namely, the price and the release date. Microsoft is once again late to this game. Every day wasted is a day further behind — and a further day closer to the next iPad.
The biggest problem I see with the Surface is that it will have to compete more with the next iPad than the current one. And, Microsoft doesn’t actually know what the next iPad will feature. Why wouldn’t they wait until September to announce it with it in stores just a week or two later?
I’d like to see some real competition for the iPad, but I’m skeptical that Microsoft has it with their Surface without some major changes to the way their doing things.
It’s also worth noting the differences between “Surface for Windows RT” and “Surface for Windows 8 Pro.” From Siegler’s aforelinked piece:
What are there differences? There’s quite a few actually. The biggest is that one works on ARM chips (RT) and one works on Intel chips (8 Pro). But they’re also different sizes, different weights, have different displays, different inputs, different release dates, and run different OSes — and thus, different apps.
Good luck with all that.