So let me get this straight. The new tablet from Microsoft will have a
screen
keyboard
trackpad
[stylus]
Nice. It’s an inconvenient laptop.  I assume there’s also a cursor to go along with the trackpad?
So you can use your fingers to swipe the screen, then type away on what will be an awesome Office app, then break out the stylus and create magical annotations on your Excel worksheets. Open your laptops now and try that interaction.  Pretend that it’s a Surface (not a hard leap), and move between the screen and keyboard and trackpad.. and imagine throwing a stylus on top of that. Is that natural? Is that something you’ll find yourself doing a lot?
I’ll withhold judgment since we actually haven’t been able to play with the product yet.. but this suspiciously seems like a design by committee exercise that can only end up in a Frankenstein of a device.  But hey, maybe this is a pre-pre-precursor Microsoft’s brave new world. We ought to push into new forms instead of grafting old interactions onto new products. This feels very much like a diluted copy of a new technology (very Microsoftian).

So let me get this straight. The new tablet from Microsoft will have a

  • screen
  • keyboard
  • trackpad
  • [stylus]

Nice. It’s an inconvenient laptop.  I assume there’s also a cursor to go along with the trackpad?

So you can use your fingers to swipe the screen, then type away on what will be an awesome Office app, then break out the stylus and create magical annotations on your Excel worksheets. Open your laptops now and try that interaction.  Pretend that it’s a Surface (not a hard leap), and move between the screen and keyboard and trackpad.. and imagine throwing a stylus on top of that. Is that natural? Is that something you’ll find yourself doing a lot?

I’ll withhold judgment since we actually haven’t been able to play with the product yet.. but this suspiciously seems like a design by committee exercise that can only end up in a Frankenstein of a device.  But hey, maybe this is a pre-pre-precursor Microsoft’s brave new world. We ought to push into new forms instead of grafting old interactions onto new products. This feels very much like a diluted copy of a new technology (very Microsoftian).

  1. huggablebones reblogged this from kevinnuut
  2. fightlikeatrojan reblogged this from kevinnuut and added:
    ^Everything he said.
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  4. joshuanguyen said: You may be right - but I find the best products are one with an opinion about how users will behave. This one says “whatever you want to do, we’ll have it for you” - but most of the time, users won’t care about all the options - just the best one.
  5. kevinnuut reblogged this from joshuanguyen and added:
    Josh, I know I replied, but I have to go full reblog. You see a diluted copy of new technology, I see a perfect blend of...
  6. kevinnuut said: No way. This will be amazing. I can spend a day drinking coffee, using it as a tablet, or flip down the cover and suddenly have a full laptop for programming. All it needs is the stylus to be pressure sensitive and I’m sold.
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