Cool Things: iPad Insight on a Surface Tablet

iPad Insight on Surface tablet

Sleeping with the enemy. iPad Insight on Internet Explorer on a Surface RT tablet in a Microsoft store.

Yesterday I visited a Microsoft for the first time, and spent a lot of time playing around with the Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets. Once I’d had my fill of trying them out I couldn’t resist firing up iPad Insight in the IE browser. I would have done this sooner, but I never knew we had a Microsoft store in Austin.

I was really considering buying a Surface to really get to know it, and I still am – but with perhaps even greater reservations than I had before spending some time with them. The Surface Pro is just way too much like a laptop or ultrabook for my liking. It really just doesn’t feel much like a tablet at all. Two of the Microsoft product advisors even agreed with me on that sentiment.

So I spent  more of my time with the Surface RT. I explored switching between its Desktop and Modern modes quite a bit and had a quick look around its app store. I wasn’t wowed by the Surface RT, but I didn’t hate it either. I might still end up picking one up at some point – or maybe I’ll just wait on their rumored ‘mini’ version.

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The New Surface Pro Ad: It’s the Funky Bad Dancing Tablet?

Wow. I’ve watched this new ad for Microsoft’s Surface Pro a few times now, and I still find myself laughing and shaking my head at it. I guess I just don’t get what the strategy behind the Surface ads is. These are meant to be the tablets / tablet hybrids that ‘let you do real work’. The powerful, serious business devices. But their ads are all about people dancing around with them – and offer just about zero indication of anything very business-like yopu can do with them.

Anyone care to fill me in? What’s the message that these ads are trying to deliver?

 

 

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