Posted on 05 August 2013.
I’ve owned a Microsoft Surface RT tablet now for about 3 months and while enjoying it for the first 3-4 weeks it’s now more or less gathering dust. Why is that?
I am a Microsoft technology fanboy, have always been, and have worked with Microsoft technologies professionally since ’94 so everything should be right and ready for me to just love this thing. It kind of is, but then again it’s not..
So, what’s wrong?
For me I think it is that all in all I just don’t feel that Windows 8 is a tablet OS. The home screen is, but that’s about it for what’s touch friendly, but even on the home screen there’s small things. Take for instance the sign out/lock feature – you click on your account picture and a pop-up menu with text links “change account password”, “lock”, “sign out” or change account (with profile image). On the SurfaceRT using my finger my first thought when i plan to press the sign out link is “must not hit the lock link” because then I’ll have to log back in to sign out.
I think that Microsoft has done an ok job on a touch friendly UI in the people hub app Messages app, but the email app again is an interface mess. The people hub gives you a good overview of events even tho it’s a bit short on features like being able to sort the content of your Facebook wall after anything else than “Most recent”, having to pull up the app bar to refresh the feed instead of just using what has become the de-facto standard for this, drag-hold-release to refresh. Something that also is a bit annoying is that if i wanted to post a video, photo or anything else I’ll have to go to the photos app and share from there.
Another thing I’d wish for is that Internet Explorer should have “registered” as a tablet and give me the tablet optimized versions of webpages. This isn’t really Microsofts fault, but I wish that things would just work…. With the lack of any good Facebook and LinkedIn apps on Windows 8, try navigating facebook.com with Internet Explorer on your Surface RT…. fnrghhhh…..
Things just feel so un-finished.
And did I forgot to ask, does the world need yet another type of charger plug?? What’s wrong with complying to the mini USB standard? Thank you Microsoft. Now I’ll have to bring yet another battery charger in my bag :/
As for Windows 8 – I think it’s a great PC/Laptop OS. I’ve got a Dell XPS 12″ with touch screen and I absolutely love it! But it’s a laptop with a touch screen, not trying to be a tablet, even tho you can flip the screen. Good for reading, but I have never thought of it as a tablet. I also got a stationary PC without touch screen, but with a 27″ monitor. Love it there too.
I hope Microsoft gets it right at some point with the Surface. I like the design of it. I think it got potential but I also think that we will need both a “Blue”, “Yellow” and “Red” update, preferably not with a year between each.
Another thing i think would be smart for Microsoft (and this goes for Windows Phone too) is to listen to your users. Don’t sit on your “high” horse and tell me (us) what I (we) want. We know what we want. This is quite easily done. You have already “started” doing it with the feature suggestions for Windows Phone, but use it more actively. Extend it! Market that users actually can have a saying in features and functions.
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