Brent Ozar: Why I'm Returning My Microsoft Surface RT

by Volker Weber

I'm typing this with gritted teeth. My 24 hours with the half-baked Surface have been a frustrating challenge, a mix of love and hate. I want want want this to work, but one problem after another have led me to come to the conclusion - a temporary one at least - that this thing just isn't ready to ship.

I have no personal experience with the Surface, but I getting very suspicious. Microsoft has outdone Apple with trying to control the message. Hands-on briefings without hands on. Very short supply of review units. And now the real world tests from users come in, and they reveal things you have not read in professional reviews? You can out-type Microsoft Word on this machine? That's Microsoft's hardware, operating system, and application software. And that cannot keep up?

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