Good Reads | Cluster, Meet Double Fuck
Again, it looks like a goddamn PC. It's a keyboard and a screen. Sure, it's thinner — great, Microsoft has made a more portable laptop that you can't actually use on your lap. Nothing in that gallery even suggests it's a touchscreen device. How weird is that?
To top it all off, there are major branding issues. The press release simply calls it the “Surface”. It's a regurgitated brand from something not really related (and, let's face it, a failed product), but whatever. The real problem is with “Surface for Windows RT” and “Surface for Windows 8 Pro”. These sounds like fake names I came up with while drunk last night. But they're real. I double-checked.
What are there differences? There's quite a few actually. The biggest is that one works on ARM chips (RT) and one works on Intel chips (8 Pro). But they're also different sizes, different weights, have different displays, different inputs, different release dates, and run different OSes — and thus, different apps.
Cluster, meet double fuck.
Starting from nothing, the app situation on these devices was already going to be a sad story. This bifurcation of the line is a recipe for disaster.
But hey, at least Surface for Windows 8 Pro comes with a pen. To quote a guy I once met, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”
Massive Greatness: No Price, No Date, No Apps, No Problem. No Wait — Problem.