Microsoft, I have a wish

by Volker Weber

ZZ0256C53B

While attending the Microsoft Technical Summit here in Darmstadt, I had the opportunity to try out the new Surface Pro 4. And with it came the new keyboard. It's so much better than the old one that it does not even compare. Even the trackpad is usable now:

ZZ5DC20439

The good news is that you can buy the new keyboard and keep your old Surface Pro 3. Same connectors, same dimensions. The new keyboard fits both machines without any compromise. Trust me on that: it's really, really good.

Microsoft also had the Surface Book on display and both the keyboard and the trackpad are on par with Apple. And they should be, given that a Macbook is cheaper.

ZZ29C75765

I was also able to play with both a Lumia 950 and a Lumia 950XL. And I have no good news from that encounter. Both feel a lot cheaper than they are. I had already seen pictures but in the flesh they did not even meet my low expectations. One of the presenters would have traded one of his black 950XL for a yellow 1520 on the spot. I wonder if Microsoft can get at least the software glitches out. No double tap to wake, holding the camera button did not take me into recording a video like it was promised on stage by Panos Panay.

Speaking of Panos, this part of Microsoft needs a restart. We are now where Surface was with version 2. Microsoft needs to take this up a whole level. The software is late, the hardware is underwhelming. Maybe it was good enough for Jo Harlow. But it certainly is not good enough for Panos Panay.

Well that is one wish. But I have one closer to my heart. Make a new keyboard for the Surface 3. One that is as good as the keyboard for Surface Pro 3/4. Maybe when you unveil Surface 4. But then make it work with Surface 3. Deal?


Comments

Any indications of a Surface 4 being close to release?

Ragnar Schierholz, 2015-11-17 20:24

Not that I know of

Volker Weber, 2015-11-17 21:16

The red is stunning!

Martin Kautz, 2015-11-18 07:28

Recent comments

Nick Coenen on Ferrari Evolution at 13:16
Andreas Fischer on Your favorite messenger at 08:58
Peter Meuser on Microsoft Tech Summit: Ab in die Wolke at 08:41
Volker Weber on Microsoft Tech Summit: Ab in die Wolke at 21:37
Florian Vogler on Microsoft Tech Summit: Ab in die Wolke at 20:35
Alan Lepofsky on Attending IBM think 2018 at 14:08
Andy Mell on Android Enterprise Recommended at 12:28
Martin Kautz on Om Malik :: The #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change at 11:27
Viktor Dexheimer on Ferrari Evolution at 05:18
Richard Moy on Om Malik :: The #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change at 22:06
Kristian Raue on Concept Zero :: Echo Dot auf Steckdose montieren at 22:01
Armin Grewe on Android Enterprise Recommended at 21:02
Jean-Marc Autexier on Android Enterprise Recommended at 20:49
Volker Weber on Quo vadis IBM Connections? at 20:41
Samuel Orsenne on Ferrari Evolution at 12:38
Volker Weber on Android Enterprise Recommended at 11:21
Kai Nehm on Android Enterprise Recommended at 11:16
Stephan Wissel on Android Enterprise Recommended at 10:57
Karl Heindel on Ferrari Evolution at 21:21
Thomas Langel on Ferrari Evolution at 14:23
Maik Endler on udoq :: Das Ding des Jahres at 13:51
Karl Heindel on Ferrari Evolution at 10:39
Sven Bühler on Ferrari Evolution at 23:53
Abdelkader Boui on Concept Zero :: Echo Dot auf Steckdose montieren at 18:37
Volker Weber on udoq :: Das Ding des Jahres at 17:17

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter

Local time is 14:49

visitors.gif