Wow! Talk about a LOT of hoopla. The recent announcement of the Surface tablet in Los Angeles last Tuesday has unleashed a firestorm of comment and controversy around Microsoft’s super-secret foray into Tablet computing. So far my favorite comment and analysis on this emerging phenomenon comes from Ed Bott, who has posted three times this week on the Surface tablet in his ZDnet blog:
- June 21: What OEMs desperately need to learn from Microsoft’s Surface
- June 19: Microsoft’s new Surface tablets make a solid first impression
- June 21 (slide show): The tech press on Microsoft Surface
Copied from the first slide in Ed's 7/21 slide deck on press reactions
Microsoft is saying that the Windows 8-RT version of the Surface will be available around the same time that Windows 8 ships (probably in October 2012) and that an Intel i5 full-blown PC model will follow sometime in the first quarter of 2013 more than likely. Of course, I can’t wait to get my mitts on one to see if it lives up to the hype, or falls to the pans and potshots. But it looks like that’s going to be a while yet before too many of us will be able to satisfy our gadget lust … err, I mean … our interest in new and well-engineered portable computing devices.