In the past week, there were three major product announcements. One, that of Blackberry, essentially, throwing in the towel, will have ramifications greater than just losing a once mighty product and service. Blackberry’s retreat will, no doubt, give Microsoft and Windows Phone 8 a badly needed shot in the arm. How? One less target to shoot at and the possibility of those former customers headed Microsoft’s way. A percentage will, no doubt, go to Apple and iPhone but, perhaps, a larger percentage will head to Windows Phone 8 as the capability of that platform is closest to what they know.
The other two announcements, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, while interesting, will not have much impact on the world of computing. But, they are bound to sell more than just a few and, perhaps, serve to force the other manufacturers to improve their offerings.
The Surface 2 is the Surface RT, 2.0. Faster hardware and RT 8.1 will make for a more useful tablet. Surface Pro 2 is Haswell based and offers better performance, Windows 8.1, a slew of new accessories and better battery life. Problem, however, is that they look like the tablets they are replacing. And that could be bad.
With the recent announcement that Nokia was releasing a Windows RT (yep, RT) tablet and then the subsequent announcement that Microsoft was purchasing the phone and hardware end of Nokia, one wonders about the fate of said Nokia ‘Sirius’ Tablet. I have a feeling we will see the tablet released, before November of this year. The completion of the Nokia acquisition is probably six months to a year out, so that would give Nokia plenty of time to release the tablet.
A recent Microsoft event reiterated that company’s commitment to Windows RT. But, Steve Ballmer is due to step down fairly soon and hand the reigns over to a new CEO. That incoming CEO may decide that RT is NOT the path Windows needs to take. I think that would be a mistake. Windows needs to evolve and getting rid of the baggage would certainly help.
[BEGIN RANT] Along those lines, it amazes me that Windows and Microsoft has to travel a different path than any other company. Apple completely changes the way Mac OS X works, CHANGES PROCESSORS mid stream, rendering machines obsolete over night; overhauls, completely, iOS and people CHEER them on and give them more money. Android forks every day and no one cares. Microsoft removes a button and the world is ready to roast them alive. I’m not sure, but I think this actually means that people LOVE Windows? Could that be? Could it be that people are actually MORE passionate about Windows than Apple fans are of Apple? Huh…[/END RANT]
I am looking forward to checking out the new Surfaces. I won’t be buying one as I have an Asus VivoTab Smart, but I still want to check them out. Who knows, maybe my Asus might show up on eBay…
In other news, Amazon introduced three new Kindle Fire tablets. They feature faster processors, better screens, better battery life and new versions of Android. Check them out at Amazon.com.