I’ve been waiting for this one for some time. We got a glimpse of some preview technologies earlier in the year, over at Redmond and I suspected the emergence of this little beast. Not sure how your OEM partners are going to view it though.
It looks like a good attempt and is certainly better than most of the devices coming out of south and east asia. However does it have the cool factor? Its a bit like business men in polyester shirts. Theyare just not cool. However they are business men and that may be Microsoft’s game. I think the device will makebig headway amongst the standard mundane business world away from the image conscious brand people. The stylus will make it a great note taking tool when combined with one note or even evernote and I think MS Office will be one of the biggest reasons for using the device. Cool accessories, like the key board approach seems to really think about productivity.
I think, Microsoft, you might just capture marketshare here. The I.T. departments of the world will surely like to take this as a standard.
But I’m afraid its still not cool enough. I’m going to keep my iPad but I might just purchase one, for those productive days where I don’t need to be as creative in my thinking.