tangor - 9:55 pm on Oct 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
There's underpinnings to everything... Surface has strong legs, just got off to rocky start. That said, I --- and most of us rambling here on WebmasterWorld --- tend to be old pharts living in the stone age of computing, so yes, this fondle stuff is not so "new" as the tech mags proclaim ... and yet, like the touch devices from near three decades ago, is not quite prime time show time.
But Surface really is a bit better. Just a different way of doing the same old stuff.
Computers are nothing new or unique. Computers are part of the two things the human race managed to accomplish which make us unique which are not hunting and gathering, procreation, or war... those two things unique are writing (thus history) and communication (talking).
What Surface provides is both of those... and a strong OS underneath which can be turned to "biz" and "profit" which iPad and all those iOS phones are not quite ready to do.
MS came late to the party... perhaps TOO late. My Surface does what I want... with my MS applications of old for the most part ... and the other touchy feelie feel good fondle slabs are a bit light in that department.
And therein lays (sic, actually said "lies" which is completely inaccurate as to lay of the land) the rub, as the Bard once said. We have worker bees and we have all the drones... and these days the drones want what they want.
Oh. Sorry. This is truly a report that Surface 2 actually does a decent job... at a few ( double dozen dollars ) more than it is worth, but does it dang neat, concise, and with extension possibilities the other fondle slabs don't have.
Is the price difference worth it? Only if "work" is part of your fondling.