Microsoft has announced its own tablet, called Surface, for “work and play”, said CEO Steve Ballmer at an event in Los Angeles yesterday.
The first of what will be a family of devices has a 10.6” Corning Gorilla Glass screen, is just 9.3mm thick, and has a magnesium “VaporMg” case with a built-in stand/magnetic
…continue reading Microsoft to make its own tablet called Surface, puts Windows RT centre stage
Rumours are flying that Microsoft will announce an own-brand Windows RT tablet on Monday.
No comment on the truth of these, but it would be a smart move.
Here are three reasons.
First, the OEM foistware problem. This has got a little better in recent years, but not enough to compete with Apple and
…continue reading Three reasons why Microsoft should make its own Windows RT (ARM) Tablet
One thing is obvious from the immediate reaction to Windows 8 Release Preview. Most of those who try it do not like it. It is a contrast to the pre-release days of Windows 7, when there was near-consensus that, whatever you think of Windows overall, the new edition was better than its predecessors.
…continue reading Microsoft, Windows 8, and the Innovator’s Dilemma (or, why you hate Windows 8)
Subtitled Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet, this is an account by the Guardian’s Technology Editor of the progress of three tech titans between 1998 and the present day. In 1998, Google was just getting started, Apple was at the beginning of its recovery under the returning CEO Steve Jobs, and Microsoft
…continue reading Review: Digital Wars by Charles Arthur
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference yesterday; Macrumors has what looks like a full transcript. Do not expect hot news; there is little or nothing in the way of announcements. It is interesting though as a recap of how Apple sees its future: iPad, iPhone, iCloud, Apple TV, maybe some
…continue reading Tablets will be bigger than PCs. Are you ready?
The new Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Android tablet is winning praise for its performance and flexibility. It is driven by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and can be equipped with a keyboard and dock that extends battery life and makes the device more like a laptop.
All good; but techie users are upset that the
…continue reading Users petition Asus over locked bootloader in Asus Transformer Prime
Once again people are asking why Microsoft has not allowed OEMs to build tablets running Windows Phone 7. Matthew Baxter-Reynolds says it is to do with income from OEM licenses:
Now, Microsoft charges OEMs far less for Windows Phone licenses (about $15 per unit) than for full-on Windows licenses (on average, working out to about
…continue reading Why there are no tablets running Windows Phone 7
An interview with Paul Amsellem, new boss at Nokia France, includes this remark:
Et en juin 2012, nous aurons une tablette fonctionnant sous Windows 8
which even my schoolboy French can translate:
and in June 2012 we will have a tablet running Windows 8
Now, that is sooner than I had expected based on
…continue reading Windows 8 Tablet in June 2012? If so, I am betting ARM not Intel x86
Adobe announced six touch apps for Android and Apple iPad tablets yesterday at its MAX conference in Los Angeles. These hook into cloud services offered by the Creative Cloud, also just announced.
My favourite among the new apps is Adobe Debut. The problem this addresses: you want to show your client the work you have
…continue reading Adobe Debut: my favourite of the new touch apps, cloud-side rendering
As if we needed telling, a new Gartner report shows a steep decline in the PC market in Western Europe. A “PC” in this context includes Macs but excludes smartphones and what Gartner called “media tablets”, mostly Apple iPads. A few figures comparing shipments in the second quarter 2011 with the same period in 2010:
…continue reading Reports of 19% decline in Western European PC market show structural change