Microsoft Surface

iPad and Surface and Nexus, Oh My

So, the war for your tablet dollar is now a three-way, with Microsoft and Google joining Apple in the quest to dominate through hardware as well as software. Since the iPad proved that people really will use a multifunctional device that does more than check email and Web surf, Microsoft has stuck to its OS knitting by trying to convince people Windows Mobile was a serious player. With its new Surface, Redmond’s betting that it can use Windows 8 Mobile… continue…

Barnes & Noble Consolidating Nook R&D in Palo Alto

Barnes & Noble will consolidate Silicon Valley teams developing its Nook e-reader  at Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. It’s signed a deal for more than 200,000 square feet of space for research and development, one of the largest leases of its kind signed during the first quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move is expected to take place next year. The has has about 400 employees in various offices in that city, but they won’t take up all… continue…

Surface and iPad, Function and Form

An hour after Microsoft showed off its new Surface, I got a little snippy on Twitter: “If I see one more person ask if the iPad’s in trouble tonight, I am going to freaking scream. One word, people. ‘Kindle.’” On Tuesday morning, I turned on my, um, iPad, read the same coverage, and thought, “Gee, the Surface actually sounds kind of cool.” Why my schizophrenia? It comes down to form, function, and pragmatism. My impulse had been to see the… continue…