Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review
I got sick of hearing about people having “hands-on” time with the Surface when I’d heard full well it wasn’t true:
What the hell? You’ve dragged 100 journalists out in the middle of Los Angeles in the afternoon (with LA traffic, imagine crawling slowly on broken glass), made a big deal about this keyboard on stage and no one can actually try it?
I look forward to the Surface coming to market, I really do. The Metro interface looks genuinely fresh and intriguing on a tablet, much more so than on Windows Phone 7. I might even try it in real life, if one of my sucker friends actually decides to buy one. (I tried to watch the launch movie but Steve Ballmer’s perpetually-agitated-primate impression got to me after about five minutes so I had to abort. I’ll give it another go when I feel psychologically up to it.)
But who exactly at Microsoft is so dumb as to think they could get away with waving such a major new hardware product category in the faces of journalists, make them wait to even see it and then say “what, you want to use it? Oh I really rather think not.” The only reason I can think of is that the software is so horrifically buggy they daren’t risk journalists actually using it, even with “be gentle it’s beta” caveats.
via The Loop