For the sake of ‘Mobile’ I hope Microsoft Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet fall short
For the last few weeks, I have been reading and watching everything I can find on Microsoft’s Surface Tablet and Windows 8.
My biggest fear is that with the upcoming launch of Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet, Microsoft is trying to UNDO everything we have accomplished in Mobile since the mobile revolution began back in 2007.
Everything that is beautiful, pure and simple about mobile and touch computing, Microsoft is attempting to sabotage in the name of keeping their waning Windows PC business alive.
Microsoft Office Apps is exactly what we don’t need in Mobile
One of Microsoft’s selling points in Windows 8 and their Surface Tablet, is that we will be able to run the exact same Productivity apps we know and (love or hate) from the old PC era.
I say that’s exactly what we don’t need today!
Right now what we need is to embrace change and ‘reimagine‘ everything we have done for the last 20 years in computers. Only by doing so will we be able to take full advantage of this blank canvas that mobile presents us and innovate forward.
Surely we are only a few weeks away from someone tweeting a screen grab of the dreaded blue screen of death right from their Surface Tablet.
USB Ports on Tablets, really?
Our goal right now should be to do everything in our power to wean people off old PC habits, and putting USB ports on Tablets is exactly the opposite of that. Are we really going to plug mice into a Tablet, when Tablets are supposed to remove any interference between us and our mobile experience? Don’t do it.
A better usb webcam? A better usb microphone perhaps? A memory stick instead of embracing the cloud? For the sake of the future of mobile, don’t do it!
In closing I will say that I don’t wish any company bad, goodness knows we need jobs in this country and around the world, and while I’m also pretty sure that Microsoft will sell quite a few PCs with the new Windows 8 OS, and also more than a handful of Surface Tablets, I just hope it doesn’t become a serious roadblock for the amazing progress we have made in mobile thus far.
What are your thought about the upcoming Windows 8 and Surface Tablet?