gopheritall wrote:davescharf wrote:streakygopher wrote:Anybody know anything about the Microsoft Surface? This is a gushing review....
If they price it @ $800 or $900 and it has a 6-7 hour battery life then Apple has no worries IMO.
If I can run Windows based business applications on this for 6 hours for $900 then Apple does have something to worry about. The iPad is still little more than a large phone. This could up the ante and Apple no longer has (in my opinion) the single most important piece of their strategy (Jobs). I have an iPad and like it BUT it has many limitations and a retina display doesn't make a revolution. If Microsoft does this right it could expose the iPad as a toy (which it is). The iPad does not have the inner workings to run a business application and Apple can't shove their full OS on it and make it viable. Microsoft can because everyone wants their Microsoft applications on their iPad. Microsoft has the chance to give them that.
This is the point that stuck a little with me. If this thing is a tool and not a toy it should get a lot of interest from the business community. If business folks can tuck this under their arms and operate it like a laptop this could get a lot of interest fast. I don't know too much about interconnecting a device to machine tools like a laptop can do, but since it's Windows and most machine tools are Windows driven, I would think that would be another terrific application...long hours on the shop floor, easy mobility, no cords.