Surface Surface
MyMac Podcast #408

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OK, we promise not to make many more shows this long, but we did have a guest! Tom Schmidt from First Tech and joins the GMen for a lively discussion on WWDC and Microsoft’s new Surface Tablets. Guy deals with graduations, Gaz deals with a angry iPhone, and they both deal with new ways to possibly get podcasts in the future. You just have to deal with an extra long show.

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Guy’s App Pick: Commentcast by Martica. $5
Gaz’s App Pick: Colloquy IRC chat client for the Mac And £1.49 (likely $1.99) for your iOS device
People’s App Pick: Steve Hammond’s pic of Whatsize Mac by whatsizemac. $12.99 at the website and $14.99 at the Mac App Store

One thought on “Surface Surface
MyMac Podcast #408

  1. I have maybe a rather unusual opinion on Surface. First off,calling both tablets Windows 8 does not in any way, shape, or form mean that they are running the same OS. Windows RT isn’t Windows any more than Windows CE was. Linux/Android and OS X/iOS share a lot of code, it does not make them the same OS as they don’t run the same software.

    The big mistake Microsoft made with Win 8 is that they caused their users the pain of changing the user interface without streamlining what is underneath – Win 8 still has a registry and the associated bloat. Microsoft really needs to do what Apple did with OS X – blow it up and start over with a small, fast core – Win 9, maybe?

    RT tablets hace a chance to do well. A “Micosoft equivalent of the iPad” but with the ability to run Office could have a lot of buyers IF Microsoft has the patience to persuade developers to write for RT.

    Full Win 8 tablets will flop totally (and I have owned a Win XP tablet). A full multuser, multitasking OS will NOT run well on the limited hardware of a tablet, any more than Windows 7 or Vista ran well on netbooks. The heat and battery issues will be very real, and the OS itself will take up a lot of disk space.

    The few specs we have seen confirm this. 64GB is the smallest Pro model Microsoft will offer and the 2 lb. weight is presumably a very large battery (without a retina display to justify it), and the Core i5 processor it requires is going to cause heat issues. A first generation iPad, with 256MB of memory and a slow processor, runs quickly because the OS doesn’t make heavy demands on it. Just the opposite is true of Win 8. A 64GB Surface Pro is not going to be remotely as good a user experience as a 64GB iPad – not in speed, weight, or ease of use. These tablets are not going to sell even to enterprise when employees know that iPads exist, and I think this is true regardless of how well Windows 8 does in general.

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